Teaching the Way of Love (TWL) is a program for Catholic parents that encourages and empowers them to embrace their role as the primary educators of their children, especially in the areas of moral and personal development.

Join Us On The Parenting & Family Life Webinar Series

We are pleased to present a series of informative webinars that will feature unique topics impacting marriage and/or family life. National and local presenters will be featured in each session.

Topics scheduled to date include a variety of parenting sessions, marriage enrichment, caregiving, support for veterans, surviving divorce, financial freedom and making happiness a habit. And this is just the beginning of what we have to offer. More webinars will be scheduled in the coming months.

We are grateful to the Diocese of LaCrosse Office for Marriage & Family Life for their collaboration on this series.

September: Financially Challenged?

Do you find yourself always short on cash or unable to meet your monthly expenses? Do you want to put a savings plan in place but just can't find the right time to start? Join Housing and Financial Counselors, Kevin Burch and Shannon Parker from Catholic Charities for a one hour webinar and learn how to avoid debt, save money and plan for future dreams.

 

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Financially Challenged Webinar

September 26, 2017
7:00pm - 8:00pm CT

Click the button to register for this event now and visit http://diolc.org/marriage/webinars/ to see the entire series!

October: Prepare to Care - How to Give Care to Another and Thrive

Are you taking care of an aging loved one, a person with special needs or someone who is terminally ill? Join Deb Kelsey-Davis and Kelly Johnson, the founders of Nourish, for a one hour dialogue on the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of care-giving.

Nourish connects others going through similar experiences of caring for a loved one with practical advice, useful tools and discussions. This webinar will help you navigate caregiving with a Christ-centered view and help you thrive, with joy and holiness, in your caregiver journey.

Prepare to Care Webinar

October 2nd

7:00pm - 8:00pm CT

Click the button to register for this event now and visit http://diolc.org/marriage/webinars/ to see the entire series!

October: ENCORE PRESENTATION Prepare to Care - How to Give Care to Another and Thrive

Are you taking care of an aging loved one, a person with special needs or someone who is terminally ill? Join Deb Kelsey-Davis and Kelly Johnson, the founders of Nourish, for a one hour dialogue on the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of care-giving.

Nourish connects others going through similar experiences of caring for a loved one with practical advice, useful tools and discussions. This webinar will help you navigate caregiving with a Christ-centered view and help you thrive, with joy and holiness, in your caregiver journey.

Prepare to Care Webinar

October 3rd

10:00am - 11:00am CT

Click the button to register for this event now and visit http://diolc.org/marriage/webinars/ to see the entire series!

How Do We Teach the Faith to Our Children in a Secular World?

Parents want what's best for their children. Catholic parents understand that a huge part of giving their children the best is to bring them to the love of God. But how do we do that in a culture that increasingly rejects the faith? How do we form our families into environments of love, wisdom and faith in the midst of our busy, distracted lives?

Embrace Parenthood is the first step in the Teaching the Way of Love program. This online course (also available on DVD) will show you practical strategies that you can use to help your children form a good and strong character and to nurture in them the Catholic faith that will lead them to love both God and neighbor.

What is the Teaching the Way of Love Program?

Embrace Parenthood Set

Embrace Parenthood

Embrace Parenthood teaches the eight foundations of good Catholic parenting. It is intended for all parents, but especially for parents of younger children. Putting these eight principles into practice lays the  solid foundation needed for an authentically Catholic life.

Growing in the Way of Love Set

Growing in the Way of Love

Growing in the Way of Love empowers parents to accompany their children through puberty. It covers ways to help children navigate the physical changes that come with puberty and to discuss fertility appreciation. It also helps you guide your child's emotional, social and spiritual maturity.

Bodies & Boundaries Set

Bodies & Boundaries

Bodies & Boundaries empowers parents to stay connected to their adolescent. It covers how to talk to your child about God's plan for human sexuality, love and marriage. It will also teach you how to talk with your children about discerning God's will for their lives and develop a sense of interdependence beyond independence.

Testimonials

I just finished the Become a Family segment you sent for review. I applaud both of you. I am so excited. I would call it Zeal!!!! I have been in parenting education for over 25 years in the secular world. Last year the Lord started calling me to take my gifts and apply them to my Catholic faith. I was starting to write a Catholic parenting curriculum and my eyes caught a blurb in a neighboring church bulletin announcing parenting classes. That is where I looked up yours. When I went to your website and saw Search Institutes developmental assets you sold me. I like informational sheets to back up your teaching. I am so excited and blessed to see such great work!

-Marti

Is Parenting a Duty or a Mission?

Parenting isn't easy. In fact, it can be downright frustrating. But that doesn't mean that it has to be just a duty . . . 

Well, I guess we have to do this. It's what we signed up for when we became parents.

Parenting can be fulfilling when you embrace it as a mission and part of your vocation to marriage and family life! This is what parenting with the heart of Christ is all about.

The challenges of parenting are part of the adventure of leading my child to true goodness.

You can see the difference for yourself!

Parenting as an Obligation Means . . .

Spending most of your time trying to control immediate behavior (putting out fires)

Parenting for your own benefit - to keep the kids from annoying you, to control noise level, etc.

Reacting to what the children have already done

Seeing children as an obstacle to happiness

Parenting As a Mission Means . . .

Spending most of your time and effort forming your child's character

Parenting for the good of your children

Proactively helping children make better choices

Seeing children as gifts from God that help perfect you

Teaching the Way of Love helps you parent with the heart of Christ and embrace your parenthood as a mission and as part of your vocation.

Are you ready to embrace your mission?

Monthly Parenting Strategies

Join us for monthly parenting strategies that will help you parenting with the heart of Christ. Each month you will receive an insightful article that shares a specific strategy that you can start using right away! This will help you form your child and yourself in holiness.

Current Articles on Parenting

Establish a Great School Year

Click Here to Download the Printable Version in PDF Format Another school year is about to begin and families are quickly shifting gears from summer into school mode. In some ways, it is exciting to prepare for school (anticipating the new activities). But in other ways, going back to school is challenging (establishing earlier bedtimes…

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Theology of the Body

The full, beautiful understanding of sexuality and love is expressed in Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Discover the wonderful plan of life & love that God stamped into our bodies, why this plan went wrong when human beings turned to sin, and how we can reclaim the original meaning of sexuality.

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Parenting Toward Adulthood: Participating in the Life & Mission of the Church

The main task at this stage is for the young adult to graduate into an adult faith in which the relationship with Christ really makes a difference in his or her life. As this happens, the young adult also seeks God's vocation for his or her life. One of the worst mistakes we make when…

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Parenting Toward Adulthood: Developing Society

By the time your child is 18, he should have the knowledge and virtue to go into the world and live as Christ lived. This means that parenting during the teen years should focus on readying your youth for participation in the world outside the home. In general, this means checking in with your emerging…

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Parenting Toward Adulthood: Serving Life

Convincing a young adult to reserve sexual activity for marriage is one of the greatest challenges a parent will face. There are many reasons for this. First, many parents themselves did not wait until marriage so they do not think they can expect their children to wait either. Secondly, some parents think that sexual activity…

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