Just in case you wondered why mothers can't resist engaging their infants in baby talk, this little piece on First Things, with the intimidating title of "Socially Constructed Self" will provide the answer.
Don't be discouraged by this Art of Manliness post that starts out talking about two popular (depending on whom you ask) politicians' ideas about family dinners. Further down into the story there are many concrete examples for building family relationships and helping your children develop good manners, a better vocabulary, and even a family narrative. More talking? Yes.
A long and endearing list of attributes of the large family make this Finer Femininity piece a real charmer. It's an excerpt from The Catholic Family Handbook by Rev. George A. Kelly and may be just the thing to send to friends and/or family who don't understand the blessing of children.