My husband and I have enjoyed the Families of Character parenting program. We are halfway through the program and we have enjoyed the monthly connection with each other and other parents. We especially enjoyed doing our family mission statement. It was great to learn about each other through the activities and then work together to decide how we want to raise our family. The monthly meetings provide some accountability so life doesn’t take over and give you the opportunity to apply the techniques learned in class and then report about the outcomes. We are excited to continue this program, as we strive to be better parents while strengthening our marriage.
Andrea & Kyle Evashevski
Families of Character s a spectacularly helpful program. It has been well thought out and the daily exercises make it easy to form new, better habits. The stories are easy to relate to and the small group format give and take makes it comfortable and allows for accountability in a caring environment. The only way that you can fail to benefit from this program is failing to put in the work required to grow.
Barbara & Hugh Norton
Over the past three years, we have seen how the Families of Character program really strengthens family life. Prior to starting the program, we desired to have a virtuous family—who doesn’t? But, we lacked a strategy on how to actually teach “character.” We have been so impressed by the program’s ability to walk families through the virtues together. As spouses, we also feel more accountable to one another knowing that we must model each of these virtues on a daily basis if we want to teach them to our children. We have realized that we will only get out of Families of Character what we are willing to put into it each day. It has been amazing to complete another year of the program and look back at our family mission statement, vision and goals and actually see GROWTH! Although parenting can seem like an overwhelming calling at times, we feel much more equipped because of Families of Character. Thank you!!
Mercy & Sergio Gutierrez
Even though we have small children (ages 4 and 17 months), our involvement in the Families of Character program for over 3 years has given us the concrete tools to focus on the way we interact with everyone in our life on a day to day basis. It has shown us that if we treat our children with a certain level of expectations, those expectations will play out in their development throughout the years. It has shown us that “character development” is more than just “religious development,” by providing us with the tools and accountability needed to keep us on track to improve our virtues as individuals on a daily basis. Much of the program’s success is in the thirty days of exercises as well as the list of ideas on how to incorporate each virtue with children of different ages. It has especially aided us in developing these virtues in our children at such young ages.
Sarah & Donny Newman
Families of Character has been a huge benefit to me and to my family. We were amazed at how helpful the very first exercise (completing the Goals Planning Worksheet with our family Mission Statement, Ideal Current Vision, Current Position and Immediate Goals) was to our family. It provided a path for the work we need to do to get to where we want to be as a family of virtue. The first virtue studied in the program, the virtue of order, is one that every family probably needs help with, and our family is no exception! We realized that that virtue alone would get us a long way towards our Ideal Current Vision for the family. The exercises in the chapter on orderliness are great! Even though our Families of Character group has moved on to the next three virtues, all of which have been very beneficial, I continue to return to exercises under the orderliness chapter and continue to benefit from the guidance offered in that chapter. I highly recommend Families of Character to everyone looking to grow in virtue, both for themselves and their families.
Families of Character provides a starting point to improving personal and family values by developing moral character. In today’s fast paced world, there are a significant number of distractions. These distractions have a tendency to, at least temporarily, disrupt our priorities. Despite these distractions, Families of Character, like a lighthouse, provides an identifiable landmark that allows us to return to improving ourselves and our family morals.