What does it mean to be a spiritual parent or to have a spiritual family? It's not a mystery, but simply a matter of being mindful of the spiritual life your family already experiences. Parents are on a spiritual path from the moment their child is born. Children are brimming with sacred mystery and joy. Raising Faith-Filled Kids offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help parents realize this spiritual path and inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their families. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, Tom McGrath shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through familiar objects and regular routines. With twenty-three "Taking Action Tips," this action-oriented book will help parents encourage faith in their children's lives, from infancy through the teenage years.
Family life is a spiritual path
Is your family calendar so jammed that theres never enough time to "be spiritual"? Maybe you need to think about spirituality in a new way. Author, editor, and speaker Tom McGrath shows how the hectic and ordinary moments of family life offer endless opportunities to live more deeply. This book is full of stories and ideas for parents who care about their childrens souls.
McGrath suggests how we can foster a healthy spirituality in our childrenwhile tending to our own spirits as well. He presents many useful lessons and practical strategies for passing on religious heritage, including:
• Introducing children to sacred time
• Examining the image of God we actively (or passively) present to our children
• Fostering empathy to build our childrens moral character
• Learning to pray creatively as a family
• Developing spiritual disciplines as parents
• Cultivating a spirit of forgiveness in the home
"If you ever wanted to be a great and inspiring parent, this book gives you the tools to learn how."
Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator, #1 New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul
Tom McGrath is the author of Raising Faith Filled Kids, The Meal Box, and is one of the authors of the Gods Gift series. Currently Tom is the Vice President for Product Development at Loyola Press. He previously served as the executive editor of U.S. Catholic magazine. McGrath is an avid writer and speaker on family-life issues and spirituality. Tom and his wife, Kathleen, live in Chicago and are the parents of two grown daughters, who are still always welcome at meal time.