Changes & Challenges
(Parents with their 6th grade child)
Ideal way for children who are on the brink of their teen years to learn about God’s wonderful gift of fertility and about the beauty of becoming an adult. This is a 2 session program, held once a week for 2 weeks in a row, on the same night each week for 2 hours each session. Included among the topics in this program are: fertility appreciation; how babies grow in the mother’s body; understanding the virtue of chastity; the SPICE concept; and whole-person sexuality. For parents with 6th grade sons or daughters.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Changes & Challenges Program:
Q. What happens at a Family Honor Changes & Challenges program?
A. Imagine yourself in a room with other moms and their 6th grader or dads and their 6th grader. You and your child are sitting shoulder-to-shoulder and you are happy to be there together. Your child knows this is their special time with you. You may have also set aside time after the program to talk. There is a feeling of anticipation and friendliness in the room. You like the Family Honor presenters, who are fun and interesting. You see a large graphic of either a SPICE Wheel or a SPICE flower. You watch with wonder as a DVD is shown about a developing unborn baby. A small model of an unborn baby is passed out and your child gets a chance to hold it. Impulsively, you hug your child and smile. That’s a Family Honor Changes & Challenges program!
Q. Who comes to a Family Honor program?
A. You, as a parent or adult guardian, with your 6th grader. Usually, families are connected by a parish, school, or other community organization so you can encourage one another as you continue raising your children. Typically, 20-40 families attend a program.
Q. But doesn’t my child get sex education already in school?
A. Sex ed programs exist in many different formats. But the most important ingredient is usually missing – parents! Experts now recognize that it’s the parent-child connection that matters most. Family Honor gives you, as a parent or guardian, a special opportunity to participate with your pre-teen in a spiritually-based chastity education program delivered by a team of experienced men, women, and teen presenters.
Q. Won’t it be embarrassing to be with my teen, and in a room with other families?
A. Actually, most parents say they wish they’d had a program like this when they were young! Since the right understanding of our sexuality is important to our relationship with God and others, Changes & Challenges provides pre-teens and their parents an introduction to God’s gift of sexuality in an age-appropriate way that respects the modesty of all participants.*
Q. How do I know if Changes & Challenges is right for my pre-teen?
A. We recognize that there are different needs and appropriate topics at various levels of adolescent development, so we created the Changes & Challenges program specifically for 6th graders and their parents. In addition, the first session of this two session program is for parents only, so you can decide if your 6th grader is ready to come to session 2 with you.
Session 1 topics: (For parents only. No child comes at this point. Mothers, fathers, guardians are all in one large room.)
- Understanding the changes & challenges of puberty for your child
- Tools and tips for keeping balance in your family
- Raising a child to be happy, healthy and holy
- Preview of session 2
Session 2 is for you and your 6th grade child.*
- The SPICE of life – Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Emotional changes
- Muscles for Life (boys) and Virtuous Violet (girls) – virtues to last a lifetime
- Fertility appreciation, conception and fetal development
*Important Note: Fertility and conception are explained in an age-appropriate way as part of God’s plan for husband and wife. Moms/daughters and dads/sons will be in separate rooms for these topics in session 2. When possible, we recommend both parents attend the program. This is helpful for future discussions. If a dad or mom can’t attend with their same-sex child, we recommend that a same-sex family member or significant adult in the child’s life attend with him or her.