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Our Mission

PARENT NETWORK MISSION

Parent Network is dedicated to helping parents with the challenges

of raising Catholic teens in today’s world.

 

OUR GOAL

We have a common goal – the effective Christian parenting of our children.

We share Roman Catholic values.

We strive to keep ourselves informed.

We have confidence in our ability, with God’s grace, to make a difference.

 

BONDING IS THE KEY

The most important prevention principle is probably the easiest one to follow. We need to maximize the “bonding” within our families. Children need to feel a positive attachment to their families in order for them to share the family’s beliefs and values. There are four “common sense” keys to bonding:

 

*        Involve children - Children need to be actively involved in the family and play a vital, important role in the family’s functioning. Having children help with chores, and having family “rituals” and “traditions” can help.

 

*        Teach Skills - Take the time to show your children how to be successful in their family roles. Teens also need certain skills to be drug-free. They need to know how to say “no” in spite of negative peer pressure.

 

*        Praise, Encourage, Affirm! – Most importantly, give plenty of recognition for a “job well done.”

 

*        Pray! – Actively pray and worship with your child to teach him/her that God’s grace working in us will accomplish more than we can alone.

 

 

 

 

Published by Parent Network of Catholic High Schools, June, 2013................................................... www.parentnetworkstl.org