By Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D.
1. Remember that questioning is normal.
2. We all learn by experience.
3. Recognize that wariness of the Church is partially a response to how often our young people have been exposed to betrayal by their heroes.
4. Recognize that parents are the most influential adults in a child’s life.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask catechists and teachers for tools to answer religious and spiritual questions.
6. Encourage grandparents’ role in the life of a young person.
7. Nurture the understanding of what it means to belong to the Catholic Church among our young people, especially our teens.
8. Don’t panic if your teen seems uninterested in religion.