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.

2014-2015 Newsletter Series: TWL Challenge

 

JUNE CHALLENGE: Astonish Your Children This Summer

It doesn't take a huge, expensive vacation experience to give your children a summer to remember. In fact, they'll get a lot more out of simple ways you can bring wonder and awe into their lives. The summer challenge gives you ideas for some awe-some activities and strategies you can use to astonish your children and lead them to an appreciation of God's glory.

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May CHALLENGE: Simplify Your Life By Decluttering

Spring cleaning is an ancient and venerable tradition. There may be good reason beyond cabin fever. Simplifying our lives and removing clutter from our physical environment is a proven way to reduce stress for your family and to give them order and peace. Take this month's challenge and simplify your life!

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April CHALLENGE: Teach Your Children About Love and Life

Spring often awakens feelings of love and romance in young people. It's an important time for parents to be ready to talk with their children about God's plan for life and love. This month's challenge will guide you through three steps to prepare you to guide your children to God's wonderful plan for their bodies and their hearts.

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March CHALLENGE: When Kids End Up in the Ditch

In the past few challenges we've been talking about how to keep our children on the road to the goodness God has planned for them. But we know that our children are fallen human beings, just like the rest of us. Despite our best efforts, they're going to go off the road once in a while and end up in the ditch. How we handle our children's failures is as important as how we set them up for success. This month's challenge will guide to toward making a plan for dealing with those times our children disappoint our hopes.

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February CHALLENGE: Planning for Detours

In the January challenge we talked about setting pro-active expectations and restrictions for our children - road signs and guardrails to help them stay on the road toward goodness. But we all know that sometimes detours are necessary as well. It's best to plan for our detours as much as possible. This month's challenge will help you to consider which of your expectations could change and under what circumstances, and which will remain firmly in place no matter what.

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January CHALLENGE: Road Signs & Guardrails

In the spirit of making New Year's resolutions to keep our lives on track, parents should set pro-active goals for their children. These pro-active expectations serve as road signs on the road of life, guiding children to goodness. Of course, children also need rules and boundaries to protect them from what is most dangerous to them physically and spiritually. These rules are like guardrails that help keep them on the road when the road is most dangerous. Let's talk about giving our children both road signs and guardrails!

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December Challenge: the Gift of Self

How can parents teach their children the true meaning of Christmas in the light of the commercialization and materialism of our culture? The answer is in modeling the true meaning of Christmas - the celebration of Jesus giving Himself to us as a gift by becoming a helpless baby in a manger. This month's challenge is for parents to supplement their material gifts to their children with a gift of self.

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NOVEMBER CHALLENGE: FOSTERING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Saint Paul teaches us to be thankful in all things. Science shows that Saint Paul's advice isn't just good for our relationship with God, it's also good for us psychologically. This month's challenge is for parents to model and to foster an "attitude of gradtitude" within their family.

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OCTOBER CHALLENGE: MOVING BEYOND INDEPENDENCE TO INTERDEPENDENCE

Building community in your family is one of the "pillars" of Catholic family life that Pope John Paul II urged families to nurture. An important part of building community is to teach our children how to become interdependent - contributing to community and allowing the community to support them at the same time. Interdependence is a step toward selfless love, and it builds a true sense of community. This month's challenge asks parents to think about how household chores can nurture interdependence in their children.

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SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE: STAYING CONNECTED

As the school year starts, it's more important than ever to make the extra effort to stay connected to your children. Remember that school does not remove your responsibility s the primary educator of your children! One of the best ways to stay connected is to eat family meals together and to have meaningful conversations during mealtime. Your TWL Challenge for this month is to engage in meaningful conversation with your family!

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