Parents of Teens & Pre-Teens
"If we want our children to be good Catholics, then we must be good Catholics.
If we want them to live and love their Catholic faith, then our children must see us
living and loving our faith. The formula is so easy, and yet so hard to apply consistently.
To always be a good example to both your young children and teens is extremely difficult,
even with God’s grace. Fortunately, there are ways to make up for our parental shortcomings.
The most effective way to keep your teens in the Catholic Church is to show them how to
fall in love with Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist is the secret weapon
in the war for the soul of your teenager. The combined forces of the world, the flesh and the devil are utterly powerless against it. " read more from www.familylifecenter.net
Teens & Technology
Six Quick Tips Any Parent of a Teen Should Know…
1.) Leave denial at the door.
2.) Talk with your teens about sharing their online passwords.
3.) Befriend them on social networking sites like facebook.
4.) Establish rules and limits to cell phone and internet use.
5.) Join an online parenting group.
6.) Be the example.
Books in Parish Library
Articles on Parenting TEENS
Passing on the Faith
Today's Catholic teens are hungry for finding meaning and direction in life.
These articles from Loyola Press will help to bring the Good News of Jesus to Catholic teens.
Catholic Teachings for Teens
God's Love for People of All Faiths
The Paschal Mystery in Everyday Life
Making Moral Choices
Discerning Between Good and Evil
How to Raise Kids Who Care
Living the Virtues in Everyday Life
Examples of How Jesus Has Been Pictured Throughout History
Icons as Religious Art
Scripture Background for Teens
Parables and How Jesus Taught with Them
Symbols of the Holy Spirit
Quotes from Social Justice Leaders
What It Means to Be a Peacemaker
Children often feel insecure about themselves and their social acceptability.Consequently, they are extremely vulnerable to pressure from their peers to fit in. Students who develop high self-esteem and healthy values are less likely to give in to peer pressure to drink or use other drugs. In order to build your children’s self-esteem, it is important to develop a relationship with them that is based on mutual respect.
Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children
These newsletters from the Archdiocese of Omaha are meant to be read by the parent first, than shared with their teen:
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 tosubordinate 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. Catechism of the Catholic Church #2223
The late futurist Herman Kahn once said there are only two times in life when one’s ideas, attitudes and convictions are radically altered: before you are six and when you go to college.
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