Family/Parenting Resources

Family Life is filled with both blessings and challenges. 
Below are a collection of parenting and family resources.  Our hope is that these will prove helpful as you strive to be faithful to your vocation in the family.

"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."

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2223.  Read more here.

Online Resources

Office of Family and Social Concerns of the Diocese of Steubenville - efforts to protect life, strengthen marriage and nurture families here in our diocese

Family Honor, Inc - Rooted in Blessed John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Family Honor seeks to empower parents to educate and guide their children according to God's plan. Family Honor offers a variety of programs and resources for parents, as well as programs for parents and teens together.

Parent Tips - Dr. Ray Gaurendi, one of the leading Catholic psychologists, offers solid advice for parents.

Natural Family Planning - Methods for postponing or achieving pregnancy approved by the Catholic Church. - The online home of the film writing of Steven D. Greydanus, who is film critic for the National Catholic Register.

Modesty & Chastity

Pius Media - Like a Catholic version of NetFlix that rents only wholesome family entertainment.

Family Life Center - Provides a wealth of resources geared toward deepening a family's love and knowledge of their faith and thus hopes to impact today's society. They place a special focus on fatherhood and providing resources which aid fathers in fulfilling their vocation. - Info and resources for teens to choose purity in their lives.

Pornography Harms - The harm caused by pornography on marriages and families is mind-boggling.  This website shines light on this crucial problem in our society.

National Association for the Research & Therapy of Homosexuality - Finding healing for homosexual tendencies.

Catholic Parents Online

Family Traditions for Advent and Christmas - Looking for ways to celebrate Advent and Christmas as a Catholic Family?  Check out this page for great ideas and resources.

Book Picks

Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids by Dr. Ray Guarendi - Excellent commonsense parenting tips from a Catholic psychologist.  Read some samples here.

The New Dare to Discipline by Dr. James C. Dobson - Classic resource for parenting insights.

Bringing Up Boys and Bringing up Girls by Dr. James C. Dobson - excellent resources for understanding your children and how to raise them.