For This Month

Start the year off right, Know when you’re wrong or have made a mistake - and let that fit into life.

• Teenagers are good at pointing out their parent’s mistakes, but how often do they have to hear about their mistakes from you? It really isn’t necessary to point out every mistake someone living in your household makes. See the situation from a different perspective and lighten up!

• Say you’re sorry. Children learn best from the their parents example. If you had a rough day and ended up losing your temper with your children, don’t be afraid to tell your children you are sorry. They will be more apt to apologize or admit their wrongs when they have good examples. We all make mistakes. Make it a point to say the words at least once this month and encourage your children to do the same.

• Go out of your way to do something nice for someone in your family you may have hurt. Attend something important to him or her, make an effort to spend an extra few minutes with him or her today, or help him or her with a task like chores or homework.

Part of this material is adapted from Whole Community Catechesis in Plain English by Bill Huebsh (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2002).