Form a Community of Persons
Even though your child wants more independence during these years, it is your obligation to keep him firmly rooted in the norms and expectations of the family.
It is the parent’s duty to help their children know the mysteries of human life. No one can deliver the information with as much impact as the parent – no one.
As your children reach this stage, they are going to have their own ideas about how to serve others through volunteerism and social justice.
One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is the ability to be heard because children in the throes of puberty have minds that are actively changing. These kids really need to have someone listen to them – someone who will help them sort through their thoughts and feelings. As the parent, you…Read More
PLEASE PRAY THAT Parents will lead their children to self-control and self-possession. Our culture will start to value a fully human life rather than animal self-indulgence. Families can become a place of loving correction, true repentance and true forgiveness. Catholics will return to the Sacrament of Confession and fully embrace God’s mercy and goodness. This…Read More
Do you assume that keeping the 5th Commandment is easy because you’d never commit cold-blooded murder? Well, Jesus challenges us to live this Commandment on a deeper level, valuing each person’s life and dignity. This month’s article shows you how to keep the 5th Commandment even when you start feeling resentful or angry toward your children, and how you can model the virtue of meekness so your children can learn how to value others as well!Read More
Having discussions with your child about “sticky” moral issues can be nerve-racking. But there are four main steps that will prepare you for the necessary conversations that you will have with your child. The first step is to learn about the moral issues that your child is likely to face. The second is to prepare…Read More
If you like the content on this page, then you’ll love the video segment “Journey with Your Children” from the Embrace Parenthood DVD Program! You can watch this video segment for one week and download relevant workbook pages for only $2.99. Click here to add it to your cart now! Parenting is a journey…Read More
I’m sure that you know that your child’s physical development and their level of maturity are not on the same track. Just because children grow physically does not guarantee that they are becoming more mature. Your child is an integration of a body and soul. Because the soul animates the physical body, you need to…Read More
As you read through these principles, it is helpful to remember that one stage builds upon the next and that the stages of growth and development often overlap. Early Childhood Parents are called to: Provide a wholesome and safe environment – especially through the monitoring of media. Convey to their children that they are…Read More
The final step in the “stair-step” approach to teaching your child about sexuality is teaching about the act of sexual intercourse. In addition to the biological facts about intercourse, there are 3 key points to teach about God’s plan for life and love. Point #1: The most important Catholic Church teaching about sexual intercourse is…Read More
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…Read More
Faith, order, responsibility, and celebration within the family are the cornerstones of strong Catholic family life. They are not things that you can buy or trends that come and go. Rather, they are foundational principles from which people – especially your children – can flourish and become who God wants them to be. Faith Faith…Read More
- The Full Growing in the Way of Love Program Can Be Found at This Link
- Questions Youth Should Discuss With Parents
Worksheet of eight questions youth should think about and discuss with their parents.
- Standards Discussion Guide
Worksheet that describes eight areas of family life that parents and youth of middle school age need to discuss and prepare standards for.
- Theology of the Body:A Catechesis into the Fullness of Love
An article published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Theology of the Body by Father José Granados, a Member of the Disciples of the Hearts. Father Granados explains how human love is tied to divine love, making it sacred and beautiful.
- The Problem with Pornography
- Married Love and the Gift of Life
- Emergency Contraceptive Fails to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies and Abortions
- Researchers Agree with the Pope about Condoms and AIDS
- Great Access to Contraception Does not Reduce Abortions
- Theology of the Body According to Pope John Paul II