Family Honor's program Changes and Challenges

Providing a Catholic framework on the truth and meaning of sexuality, love, and family

Saturday, February 29 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Staying Connected is designed to assist parents, grandparents, and guardians of high school-aged teens in living out the faith, in spite of the challenges posed by society.

Just as parents are called to be the primary educators of their young children, forming them in virtue from an early age, so to parents of teens are also charged with the responsibility of staying connected with them, continuing to provide loving guidance and leading by example even as those teens grow towards independence. This responsibility often comes with a painful price, however. Parents worry that media, music, peers, and drugs will gain a foothold in their adolescent’s life and that the parents’ concern for their teen will fall on deaf ears. Parents are looking for help, for tools, and for support from other parents as well. But where to find it? This workshop will help parents to reflect on how they are communicating with their teens, and what adjustments may be helpful. They will get an opportunity to consider how they are doing in discussing the issue of sex, and how they can enhance their efforts in this regard. They’ll get the chance to ask questions and hear from other parents as they ponder real-life situations and how they might respond effectively. Staying Connected will also offer parents a means of explaining the “why” of the Church’s teachings on the hot-button topics in our society today.

Friday, March 13 │ 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 │ 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Real Love & Real Life teaches parents and adolescents to build a better family life by learning to communicate, anticipate and deal with changes. 

For parents, grandparents and guardians with teenagers, this interesting workshop discusses essential and appropriate topics of the various levels of an adolescent development: (i) recognizing your true worth, (ii) communicating well with family and friends, (iii) the meaning of real love, (iv) developing your whole self – spiritually, physically, intellectually, creatively, and emotionally, (v) basic introduction to the Theology of the Body, (vi) fertility appreciation, conception and fetal development, (vii) how to grow in virtue, (viii) guidelines for future dating, and (ix) future goals that lead to a happy, healthy, holy life. Fertility and conception are explained in an age-appropriate way as part of God’s plan for husband and wife. Mothers/daughters and fathers/sons will be in separate rooms for this session. We recommend both parents attend the program. If a dad or mom cannot attend with their same-sex child, we recommend that a same-sex family member or significant adult in the child’s life attend with him or her.

Friday, March 27 │ 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 │ 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Whether your children are infants, first graders or early teens, Leading & Loving can help you develop better parenting skills and learn how to build a stronger family.

Pope Saint John Paul II said that the family was the foremost school of virtue and that it is in and through the family that one learns how to be a gift to others. Through the family, children learn about the world around them, children learn right from wrong, children learn about morals and values, and children learn foundational lessons they will carry with them throughout their lives. Parents and guardians are called to be the primary educators of their children. Leading & Loving assists them by providing opportunities to learn principles to help their children grow in goodness and virtue. In this workshop, parents and guardians will learn how to be good role models; help their children grow in the virtue of chastity; aid their children’s understanding and appreciation of God’s gift of sexuality, and guide parents in answering the challenging questions that children ask. Also, Leading & Loving will work with parents and grandparents and guardians to create an individual plan for purposeful parenting. By providing hope, practical tools, and key basic concepts, this program strives to empower parents to become knowledgeable, confident, and competent leaders of their families. Furthermore, Leading & Loving will assist parents and guardians in cultivating Catholic virtues and values through the activities and conversations of everyday family life. 

Friday, April 24 │ 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 │ 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Changes & Challenges is ideal for parents and children, ages 10 to 14, to learn about God’s wonderful gift of fertility and about the beauty of becoming an adult. 

The workshop is a two-session program that focuses on the following areas: (i) fertility appreciation, (ii) how babies grow in the mother’s body, (iii) understanding the virtue of chastity, (iv) the SPICE concept (Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Emotional changes), and (v) whole-person sexuality. The first session is for parents only, so you can decide if your child is ready to come to the second session with you. The first parents-only session includes topics such as understanding the changes and challenges of puberty for your child, tools, and tips for keeping balance in your family and raising a child to be happy, healthy and holy.


We hope to see you at this very special Program. May the Lord richly bless you.


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