Supporting Parents Beyond Baptismal Prep: The Catholic Parents’ Survival Guide

The Catholic Parents' Survival Guide: Straight Answers to Your Kids' Toughest Questions by Julianne Stanz - author pictured next to book cover

I’ve written previously about the importance of remaining connected with parents following the Baptism of their children and before the children reach catechetical age. Rather than simply requiring parents to attend a required class for Baptism and then check it off their list, we need to accompany them on their journey as they rise to the challenge of raising a family in today’s complex world.

I’d like to suggest one great way that we can accompany parents of young families on this journey: provide them with a copy of Julianne Stanz’s wonderful book, The Catholic Parents’ Survival Guide: Straight Answers to Your Kids’ Toughest Questions. Drawing from her own experience of raising three children, Julianne provides a practical user’s manual for talking with children about how to navigate life through the lens of the Catholic faith.

I hosted Julianne for a webinar on the topic of Catholic parenting that’s available to watch at your convenience, perhaps with a group of parents in your parish.

Let’s do more to accompany parents of young families and to help them build and strengthen the domestic church!

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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