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.

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

Parenting in the Early Years: Serving Life

SERVING LIFE The next task of parents is to serve life – both the children who have been born and those that are to follow.* When you are parenting children between the ages of birth and three, the more immediate need will appear to be to those who are already here. You will serve life…

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Parenting in the Early Years: Form a Community of Persons

The first task of your family is to become a community of persons. With the birth of your child you have gone from a couple to a family. Even though this is a small community (and hopefully one that will grow) it is a unique and important one. There are three main objectives that parents…

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Parenting Style Matters

Parenting is complicated because every child is unique and each situation is different. This means that parents can seemingly lose their minds trying to decide the best way to help their child grow in love. Diane Baumrind, a research psychologist for the Institute of Human Develop at Berkeley, looked at the relationships between parental behavior…

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Begin with the End in Mind

In the book, Seven Habits of Effective Families, written in 1998, Stephen Covey directs families to develop a mission statement that will guide them. He firmly believes that if you want to achieve a goal you have to begin with a statement of your purpose - a clear description of who you want to become.…

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Your Guidance Has a Destination

Sometimes in amidst the humdrum tasks of parenting (feeding, clothing, sheltering, and disciplining our children), it can be difficult to keep in touch with the loftiness and dignity of the vocation of parenting. But all the guidance we give to our children has a destination, and it's a destination of glory.

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