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.

October: Teaching the Way of Love - Authority

Great parents understand that they need to exercise authority over their children. But what exactly is the goal of authority? True authority - a balance of response and demand that leads your family to what is best - is the key to finding goodness for your family. Join Jeff Arrowood and Alice Heinzen, co-authors of Teaching the Way of Love, for a one hour dialogue that will help you determine how to know what is best for your family and how to use authority to lead your family there.

Teaching the Way of Love - Authority

October 17, 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: Making Happiness a Habit

Habits, the little things that you do over and over, are important. Good habits can strengthen your marriage and bad habits can weaken your union. Join Dr. Jim Healy, nationally known expert on happiness in marriage, as he shares four habits that will bring you more joy in your marriage.

Prepare to Care Webinar

October 24th

7:00pm - 8:00pm CT

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

November: Surviving Divorce

It doesn’t matter if you wanted the divorce or not, are the one who left or filed, or were abandoned . . . the wounds are there for everyone, including the children and extended family, and they are deep. Rose Sweet, a leading expert in the pastoral issues surrounding separation, divorce, Catholic Decree of Nullity, remarriage, and blended families, will offer help for those hurting because of divorce. She’s remarried and has ministered to the divorced for over twenty-five years after experiencing a long history of abandonment, pain. and shame of civil divorce herself.

Prepare to Care Webinar

November 9, 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!

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

Basics of Prayer

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (articles 2623-2649) spells out five things that all Christian prayer should do.  No matter what style of prayer we use, we should strive to do all of these things as much as possible:   Adoration and blessing is the general attitude our prayer should take.  Adoration is the acknowledgement…

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What Can I Expect?

Authoritative parents expect that their children will contribute to the well-being of the family by taking on the responsibility of certain family responsibilities. Three areas of basic life skills which should be expected are: cleaning a house and keeping it that way, planning/selecting and preparing healthy meals, budget and making appropriate purchases. Expecting a child…

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Raising Catholic Kids who Live the Virtues

A key element of Catholic parenting is to parent in a way that seeks to shape the heart of your child, not just manage their behavior. A great way to accomplish shaping your child's heart is to offer opportunities to grow in virtue. Unfortunately we don't hear much about virtues anymore. We hear more about…

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The Four Loves

In its most simple form, authentic love is the ability to will the good of the other.  The basic truths about authentic or real love are; Love is primarily a choice, not just a feeling. Emotional response is a good part of love, but like all emotions it should be controlled and guided by reason,…

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Tasks of the Family

Becoming a family means that you, as the parent, will lead your family towards the completion of a Godly mission. This mission comes from the document Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Family in the Modern World) which was written by Pope John Paul II. In his writings, the Pope identified four main tasks…

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