Catholic parenting is my passion. Over the past five years I’ve been called overprotective and out-of-touch. I’ve been informed that I must allow my children to grow up in “the real world.” I’ve heard the constant refrain “they’re going to be exposed to (this, that, and the other thing) eventually,” as if I don’t know that. But what I also know is that it is my responsibility as a parent to be vigilant as to the manner and timing of my kids’ exposure to those elements of today’s culture that seek to prevent me from achieving my parenting goals. My hope is that by allowing my children to be pure of heart and mind for as long as possible, they will build both the mindset to recognize the perversity that pervades modern culture and the critical thinking skills they’ll need to successfully battle it.
Much of what I’ve learned about parenting has resulted from my own mistakes. I think I’ll start by sharing the parenting goals my husband and I set about two years ago as we discerned the direction in which we wished to take our daughters’ formal education.