“Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery-the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the ‘material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.’ Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.” (CCC 2223)
If this sounds overwhelming, you're not alone. Raising kids is hard enough, and raising Catholic kids in today's society is even harder. But you aren't alone. We invite you to learn with your kids, and continue the discussion at home. If you sign up for our weekly newsletter, we will attach overviews of the teaching from that weekend's youth group and ways you can start the conversation with your kids. Remember--families that pray together, stay together!
One amazing resource we have access to is Life Teen's Parent Life. They provide everything from Snapchat tutorials to understand what your teens are doing online to prayer materials for your whole family and you and your spouse. Access is free to parishioners, so email Chris Livernois at firstname.lastname@example.org