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Teach the Children
"Nothing in the world could make human life happier than to greatly increase the number of strong families in the world...Families are the basic, foundational social units around the world and healthy individuals within healthy families are at the core of a healthy society...Individuals and families successful in marriage and relationships will strengthen community vitality and future generations."
John DeFrain, Gail Brand, Jeanette Friesen, Dianne Swanson, Creating a Strong Family - Why are Families So Important, University of Nebraska Lincoln, September 2008.
Help them understand

We have been asked for materials to teach the principles found on this website to children and youth in a non-denominational way.  Thus, these programs were created for you.  When children and youth are empowered with a firm understanding of their identity and worth, the importance of family, the roles of mothers and fathers, their confidence and joy grows.  Gather your youth groups or family and use the program that fits their age group.  Help them understand the importance of family.

Children's Program

Teacher's Manual

Student's Manual

Youth Program

Teacher's Manual

Student's Manual

Additional Commentary
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“The family is the seedbed of economic skills, money habits, attitudes toward work, and the arts of financial independence. The family is a stronger agency of educational success than the school. The family is a stronger teacher of the religious imagination than the church. Political and social planning in a wise social order begins with the axiom ‘What strengthens the family strengthens society’…. The roles of a father and a mother, and of children with respect to them, is the absolutely critical center of social force.” —Michael Novak, former United States Human Rights Ambassador to the United Nations.

  • "The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State." —Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16.3.

  • “The family is the driving force behind social progress and development.”  —Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the State of Qatar

  • “Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself. The future of humanity… passes through the family. So protect your families! See in them your country’s greatest treasure and nourish them always.” —Pope Francis

  • “The complementarity between man and woman lies at the foundation of marriage and the family…. Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s growth and emotional development.” —Pope Francis ​​

  • “Throughout the ages, political philosophers, social historians, and civic and religious leaders have praised the family as the foundation of the social order, the bedrock of nations, and the bastion of civilization.... The fact is that family is a universal and irreplaceable community, rooted in human nature and the basis for all societies at all times. As the cradle of life and love for each new generation, the family is the primary source of personal identity, self-esteem, and support for children. It is also the first and foremost school of life, uniquely suited to teach children integrity, character, morals, responsibility, service, and wisdom.” —U.S. Statement to the General Assembly at the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family  

  • “As reflected in the precise and elegant terms of the Universal Declaration, the family is not merely a construct of human will or imagination. The family has a profoundly important connection to nature. This connection begins with the realities of reproduction (underscored by recent studies which demonstrate that children thrive best when raised by married biological parents) and extends to the forces that shape civilization itself…. The family is the ‘natural and fundamental group unit of society’ precisely because mounting evidence attests that the survival of society depends on the positive outcomes derived from the natural union of a man and a woman.” —Richard G. Wilkins

  • "Families have long been endorsed as a basic building block of a strong and vital society. Investments in family policies and programs can create the conditions for families to do their best in rearing the next generation, in economically supporting their members, and in caring for those who cannot always care for themselves. When the family foundation is strong today, children are more likely to develop the solid foundation they need for tomorrow—to become competent workers in a sound economy and caring, committed citizens in a strong democracy."  —Family Impact Institute, Purdue University.

  • "It is no secret that the vulnerability suffered by our peoples - insecurity, crime, abuse, abandonment of the elderly, orphaned children and violence - causes enormous imbalances and obliges us to spend millions on institutional policies that in the end can do no more than manage those ills.  If we go on like this, a time will come when all our tax resources will not suffice to counter the effects of vulnerability.  If we wish to address the causes, we must look at the family." —Ana Teresa Aranda, Mexico

  • “WE CALL FOR a culture that honors and enables faithful, fulfilling, and resilient marriages; that recognizes and protects the uniquely valuable contributions of both mothers and fathers to the lives of their children; and that encourages the values and vision necessary for young people to look forward to and prepare for successful marriage and parenting. WE CALL UPON officials and policymakers, internationally, nationally, and at all levels of government, to immediately establish policies and implement measures to preserve and strengthen marriage and family. WE URGE citizens, leaders, and people of influence everywhere to place as their highest priority the protection and strengthening of the family as the irreplaceable foundation of civilization and our only hope for prosperity, peace, and progress.” —WorldFamilyDeclaration.org

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