"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing." - Rollo May
"Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening." - Emma Thompson
We all agree that good communication skills are necessary in life, but what does successful communication look like? Families of The Way has developed a Communicating with God and Family Series dedicated to teaching families the skills needed not just to speak to each other, but to be stronger because of their ability to really listen, too. When you take the Communicating with God and Family Series, you will discover that
The 7-week Families of the Way Communicating with God and Family Series is best taken in a group setting and is perfect for the classroom, church study group, or home gathering. At each meeting, participants will watch video sessions that present the topic of the week and discuss specific skills, approaches and alternatives. Group members are then encouraged to share in a welcoming and safe environment, where the discussions and exercises will improve their spiritual walk and begin changing how their family faces daily activities and those unexpected challenges.
At the end of the meeting, participants will take home a series of Questions for Application to consider, with the goal of applying the ideas and techniques covered in the session. At the beginning of the following week’s meeting, they will discuss the results of their efforts in applying the new skill.
The Families of the Way Communicating with God and Family Series will cover the following:
Week 1 – Introduction: Begin to understand how to help your children want to change; build stronger relationships with others; and get a better look at how the course will help you.
Week 2 – Communicating with God: Learn how to make spiritual things more a part of your life
Weeks 3 and 4 – Communicating with Your Spouse and Children: Discover methods of listening and not just talking.
Weeks 5 and 6 – Powerful Communication Techniques and Family Meetings: Practice communication strategies; learn how to successfully assist older children and adults with life’s decisions and challenges; and understand the value of family meetings.
Week 7- Pray, Reflect and Celebrate: You’ve worked hard; this is a time to look back over the past 6 weeks and discuss what you have learned and how it has helped and will continue to help your family become stronger, better communicators.
Families of The Way’s goals are to help parents and their children learn more about specific areas of our faith, such as the origins of the Mass, the Catechism, Church history, living a Sacramental life, developing a personal and family prayer life, parenting from a Christian perspective, and strengthening familial relationships.