Welcome to Spirituality of Parenting. This course is designed around Parenting with Grace by Gregory and Lisa Popcak. Theirs is one of the few books written on intentional, faith-guided, Catholic parenting.
The purpose of the course is to invite you to explore how your faith impacts one of the most important areas of your life - your children. How do you practice your faith, particularly at home? Does your faith impact your children? Does it impact your family rituals? Does it impact the way you discipline? Does it impact your choices for how to raise your children? And the biggest question, do you want your faith to impact your children? Hopefully by the end of this course you will answer "yes" to all these questions.
A note on families: it would be blind and ignorant to assume that every family is comprised of a mother and father, each in their first marriage and everything is roses. Though this course leans on the classical definition of parenthood (biological mother and biological father), it does not mean the terms "mother" and "father" are exclusive to these definitions, especially today. Adoptive mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, single parent homes, foster parents, parents who always seem to have a few extra mouths around the table because your children consistently have friends filtering in and out of your home, spiritual mothers and fathers - basically if you consider yourself a parent or caregiver to any child in any circumstance, there is something for you in this course. Please interpret "mother" and "father" to best fit your particular situation.
Before reading further, please visit Madison College's Online Etiquette Guide to ensure we have a smooth, respectful and fun online course together.
This course is 5 weeks in length. We will begin each week on Sunday and conclude on the following Saturday. Each week will consist of reading from our text, Parenting with Grace, as well as readings from websites, articles and blogs. Each week there will be a list of required readings under the "Content" section as well as an introduction and objectives for the week.
Each week will have a minimum of 2 Discussion Forums, found under "Discussions." Please be sure to read the directions for each Discussion Forum carefully because some require specific readings to have been completed prior to answering the questions and engaging in the discussion. Fully participating in the discussions is vital for a successful course experience. You get out what you put in is very much the rule for online courses. Please refrain from working ahead in the discussions.
Each week will also have required reflections which are sent to the facilitator. These will not be read by your fellow participants. The reflections will be found under "Tasks." Each week new reflections will be available.
I truly hope that you enjoy this course and find something of value during our time together. If at any point you have questions, comments, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to email me: kate.k.taliaferro@gmail.
Please head to the Discussion Forum "Coffee Break" to introduce yourself to the group.
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