Program for parents of young children designed to help teach faith, values

An upcoming program will help parents teach their young children about the formation of faith, values and virtues. Sponsored by Family Honor, Inc., the “Leading and Loving” program will be held Friday, Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School. It is designed to help parents with issues affecting their children from birth through fifth grade. The six one-hour sessions, two on Friday and four on Saturday, will feature short DVD presentations, parent activities and discussion. A parent activity workbook and printed and downloadable resources will be provided to allow for further reflection and future reference. Leslie Gahr, team member in St. Marys and a presenter for the "Real Love and Real Life" program offered to 7th and 8th grade students and their parents, said the course will be facilitated by Family Honor's director for program and training and his wife, both seasoned presenters who have completed college-level training on the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality, and family life, and who have experience teaching. She said while the program is open to any area parent, the course is based on principles of the Catholic faith. “Our team, which is comprised of parents who want to give their kids the opportunity to develop into happy, healthy and holy adults, has discussed the analogy that uninvited guests used to have to enter our homes through the front door. Now, they come in through cellphones, the Internet, iPods, iPads, MP3 players, Kindles, DVDs, streaming movies, and satellite radio," Gahr said. "By the time kids reach their teen years, they have already dealt with years of exposure to countless negative influences. We, as parents, must establish the skills and vocabulary to help our children navigate through this long before they reach their teen years.