Challenges of raising teens motivate couple to sponsor workshop for parents

By | December 5, 2012

In 2009, they met a couple, David and Linda Kracht, from St. Paul, Minn., who developed a curriculum designed to help parents in “educating their teens at home on matters of faith, virtues, moral values and pre-marital sexuality,” said Stillwell. The curriculum is titled “Daughters Forever, Sons Forever” and is offered through Fortifying Families of Faith, an online company founded by the Krachts.

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Scott and Cynthia Stillwell, members of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay, are overseeing a day-long program for parents titled “Parenting Teens: Building Strong Futures.” The program will be held Jan. 19 at Notre Dame Academy, with a Spanish-language counterpart at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

“We were interested in this program since it seemed to fill in some gaps, as we have tried to teach our teens ‘to be in the world, but not of the world,'” explained Stillwell. They were impressed with the material and wanted to find a way to share it with other parents.

“When we learned that Fortifying Families of Faith was offering this parent workshop in both English and Spanish to help ‘fortify’ parents, we decided to invite Linda to Green Bay,” said Stillwell.

On Jan. 19, a day-long program titled “Parenting Teens: Building Strong Futures” will be held at Notre Dame Academy, 610 Maryhill Drive. At the same time, a Spanish-language presentation will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 710 N. Baird St.

Linda Kracht will be the keynote presenter at Notre Dame Academy. Viviana Sotro, executive director of Sagrada Familia Apostolate in South Minneapolis, will be the Spanish presenter. Topics for the day will include “Opening the Dialogue,” focusing on gender issues and personality and parenting types; “The Landmines,” including illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco, pornography and sexuality topics and the teen brain; “Looking Ahead,” focusing on vocations, moral decision making and authentic love; and “Challenging Parents,” which includes a look at the “two loves,” Catholic parental responsibilities and what to do next.

The seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is preceded by a Mass at 8 a.m. at both locations. Cost is $25 per parent or couple or $75, which includes curriculum text, parent and teen workbook and CD. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

According to Stillwell, Notre Dame Academy and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish are providing the meeting space at no cost. The Stillwells are underwriting all other expenses not covered by registration fees.

Helping parents and couples is not new to the Stillwells. They have taught natural family planning classes through the Couple to Couple League for eight years. And presently serve as chair couple and treasurer for the Milwaukee/Green Bay Chapter of the Couple to Couple League.

“Our journey to learn, live and appreciate our faith remains a work in progress,” said Cynthia. “But we feel it was jump started when we discovered the church’s teachings about birth control in 1991.”

Dr. Scott Stillwell is a family physician for Columbia-St. Mary’s Marsho Family Medical Group in Sheboygan and Cynthia is a registered nurse. “We look forward to attending this conference as well as introducing it to our family, friends and acquaintances in the Green Bay area,” said Cynthia.

For more information or to register for the program, contact Cynthia Stillwell, (920) 457-0332; email: [email protected].

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