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Family life and self-reflection
This has always been the case. The surprising thing would be if a teenager were to think just as an adult does. We all felt a tendency to rebel against our elders when we began to form our own judgement autonomously. But we have come to understand, with the passing of the years, that our parents were right in many things in which they were guided by their experience and their love.
That is why it is up to the parents to make the first move.
They have already passed through this stage. It is up to them to be very understanding, to have flexibility and good humour, avoiding any possible conflicts simply by being affectionate and farsighted. What should parents do when their children tell them they wish to dedicate their lives completely to God? After giving their advice and suggestions, parents who sincerely love and seek the good of their children should step tactfully into the background so that nothing can stand in the way of the great gift of freedom that makes man capable of loving and serving God.
They should remember that God himself has wanted to be loved and served with freedom and He always respects our personal decisions. Scripture tells us: 'When God created man, He made him subject to his own free choice' Sir I think Catholic parents who do not understand this type of vocation have failed in their mission of forming a Christian family. They probably are not aware of the dignity that Christianity gives to their vocation to marriage.
But my experience in Opus Dei is very positive. I often tell the members of the Work that they owe ninety per cent of their vocation to their parents because they have known how to educate their children and have taught them to be generous.
I can assure you that in the vast majority of cases, practically in all, the parents respect and love their children's decision. They immediately see the Work as an extension of their own family. It is one of my greatest joys and yet another proof that in order to be very divine you have to be very human as well. We have talked about parents so far. The children also have to play their part. Young people are always capable of getting enthusiastic about great undertakings, high ideals, and anything that is genuine.
They must be helped to understand the simple, natural and often unappreciated beauty of their parents' lives.
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Children should come to realise, little by little, the sacrifice their parents have made for them, the often heroic self-denial that has gone into raising the family. They should also learn not to over-dramatise, not to think themselves misunderstood nor to forget that they will always be in debt to their parents.
And as they will never be able to repay what they owe, their response should be to treat their parents with veneration and grateful filial love. The virtues of faith and hope [are exercised by] facing serenely all the great and small problems which confront any family, and persevering in the love and enthusiasm with which they fulfil their duties. In this way they practice the virtue of charity in all things. They learn to smile and forget about themselves in order to pay attention to others.
Husband and wife will listen to each other and to their children, showing them that they are really loved and understood. They will forget about the unimportant little frictions that selfishness could magnify out of proportion. They will do lovingly all the small acts of service that make up their daily life together.
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I think it is precisely the best way to give children a truly Christian upbringing. Scripture tells us about those early Christian families which drew new strength and new life from the light of the Gospel. St Paul calls them 'the Church in the household' 1 Cor Experience shows in all Christian environments what good effects come from this natural and supernatural introduction to the life of piety given in the warmth of the home. Children learn to place God first and foremost in their affections. They learn to see God as their Father and Mary as their Mother and they learn to pray following their parents' example.
In this way one can easily see what a wonderful apostolate parents have and how it is their duty to live a fully Christian life of prayer, so they can communicate their love of God to their children, which is something more than just teaching them.
Customs vary from place to place, but I think that one should always encourage some acts of piety which the family can do together in a simple and natural fashion. How can they go about this? They have excellent means in the few, short, daily religious practices that have always been lived in Christian families and which I think are marvellous: grace at meals, morning and night prayers, the Holy Rosary …. This is the way to ensure that God is not regarded as a stranger whom we go to see in the church once a week on Sunday.
He will be seen and treated as He really is, not only in church but also at home, because our Lord has told us, 'Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them' Matt I still pray aloud the bedside prayers I learnt as a child from my mother's lips, and I say so with the pride and gratitude of a son. They bring me closer to God and make me feel the love with which I learned to take my first steps as a Christian.
And as I offer to God the day that is beginning, or thank Him for the day that is drawing to a close, I ask him to increase, in heaven, the happiness of those whom I especially love and to unite us there forever. The above quotations were selected mainly from the book Conversations with Msgr. What is the key to it? How can we fill our family life with love?
Parents should bring up their children in an atmosphere of friendship If I were to give advice to parents, I would tell them, above all, let your children see that you are trying to live in accordance with your faith. How can parents combine authority with giving children freedom? They can open new horizons for them Children — even those who seem intractable and unresponsive — always want this closeness, this fraternity, with their parents.
How is faith shown in the family? How important is prayer for families? Should families pray together? The FSAC is a national framework that guides the work of educators who provide before and after school and vacation care to school age children. Most services will use both the Victorian and the appropriate National Framework.
All education and care services including family day care services and each family day care educator must meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework including the National Quality Standard NQS. The NQS provides details of all the requirements for providing a quality education and care service to children in Australia. Although there are some differences in the three approved learning frameworks, the main ideas are similar and they fit well together.
They share the same five learning outcomes for children. This guide offers advice about program decision- making that is consistent with all three approved learning frameworks and the NQS. Throughout the guide there are links to particular parts of the NQS and some quotes from the approved learning frameworks. The three approved learning frameworks are useful resources for you to refer to over and over again as you complete your self- assessment against the National Quality Framework and you develop your Quality Improvement Plan.
They will also assist you in meeting the requirements of the National Quality Framework and to reflect on ongoing quality improvement. The approved learning frameworks and the NQS can be accessed on the websites listed in the back of this document. This guide has been written to help family day care educators to think about, plan for and deliver a program that helps children progress in their learning and development in five learning outcome areas that are in the approved learning frameworks.
These learning outcomes are central to the NQS. The guide contains a number of different sections.
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Before focusing on areas of practice, there are sections on:. The main focus of the guide is to provide information about the range of areas to consider in relation to offering a program to children, including:. These areas overlap and connect with each other, and you will think of them together as you go about your work. The final sections of the guide are about what it means to be a professional educator and the relationships between co-ordinators and educators. At the end of this guide is a list of selected resources that are easy to access and some organisations that can provide you with useful resources for your work.
For each topic there are some questions to reflect on and discuss with others as a basis for taking action and improving what you do. Hopefully you will think of other questions and things to think about. Family day care includes children from very young babies through to children in primary school.