Without question, parents are the primary influence on the faith lives of their children. Study after study shows that when parents are strong spiritual leaders, and when fathers—yes, dads in particular—teach and witness the faith to their children, the kids are far more likely to grow up and live faithful lives themselves.
What kind of role do you want the Catholic faith to play in the lives of your grown children? That’s the kind of role that faith should be playing in your life right now. You are the primary educators of your children—not the pastor, not the youth minister, not the Sunday school catechist, Confirmation coordinator or Catholic school theology teacher. You and your spouse have the privilege and the responsibility to teach your children about their Christian faith, which also requires that you continually learn about it yourself…
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About the Author
Katie Warner is an energetic wife and mom, as well as a Catholic author and speaker. She loves sharing simple strategies for a more intentional faith. Katie is an avid learner of all things intentional living and Catholic family life, and she is passionate about helping others tackle issues of faith, family, and spiritual growth with the best tips and resources.
She is the author of Head & Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family, a correspondent for the National Catholic Register, and the part-time Manager of Communication & Evangelization for Catholics Come Home. Katie holds a graduate degree in Catholic Theology. Though she writes in her spare time, you’re more likely to find her reading aloud to her kids, fighting perfectionist tendencies, drinking smoothies, standing amused as she watches her husband fix things, and holding at least one child in her arms.