What Winston Churchill once said of buildings, we too can say of family culture. Namely, that we first shape it, and thereafter it shapes us. Indeed, this is especially true for our children, who are particularly impressionable. Whether it is the artwork in a classroom, a coach’s demeanor on the sports field, or that stack of books in the living room, our children notice and are formed by everything that surrounds them.
Although summer break is now in full swing, parenting has no vacations. Rather, in many ways parenting intensifies during the breaks, for it is during these times that our homes are perhaps most full. As such, now is a fitting moment to consider the culture we are creating in our homes.
To this end, this week we revisit an episode from our archives. Based on a letter he sent to parents, in this episode, Mr. Alvaro de Vicente offers us seven ideas on how to foster a healthy and happy culture in the home:
- Have a Library at home.
- Establish and protect order in common areas of your home.
- Aim to have dinner together everyday.
- Engineer one common conversation during dinner.
- Dedicate a nightly time to family prayer.
- Spend time with the elderly and lonely.
- Give to charity.
As a school is like a boy’s second home, the home is his first school. And it is in this school that we, as parents, can help him cultivate those virtues, which he will carry with him throughout his entire life–and, God willing, into the next.
- Why family culture is an important part of your children’s formation
- More than mere words: what you do is often more important than what you say
- Is an orderly home an unrealistic goal?
- How to improve family dinner time
- Thoughts on how to build a family library on a budget
- Why a brief time of family prayer can be better than a long time
- How can we reform a family culture gone astray?
- It’s not about perfection, but its pursuit
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