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Strong Families for the Work of Life


OUR MISSION...

TO HELP FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS BUILD COMMUNITIES OF CHARACTER

Since 2006, Family Lifeworks has been working towards building a better society through education. Our non-profit organization offers education and formation programs, conferences and courses to help families discover the key elements in building a strong family life, essential to surviving in today’s counter-family culture. Our aim is to provide every member of the family and families in all stages of life with valuable devices that will enable them to become better persons, in the vocation each is called to develop. The only way of achieving this goal is by having strong characters and wills sustained by a solid formation. We offer four programs that support schools and parents in the education and formation of students and their families.

WE OFFER...

BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES This program provides tools and practical advice for families with small children in forming independent and future virtuous adults in a loving and respectful atmosphere. THE HEART OF IT! A Character Formation course for adolescents, that gives them the necessary tools to become adults with personal integrity, capable of living with permanent values and a full understanding of what it means to be a human person. The companion parent discussion groups address topics that are relevant in their teenagers lives, with the goal of helping them develop their child’s character and will. BALANCED HOMES, BALANCED LIVES In a world where work inside the home is seen as of little or no value, we strive to help make family life more professional, practical, organized and fulfilling; based on the development of human virtues.

Positive outcomes In Family Lifeworks we realize the importance of having a strong network of support between families and the school. Our programs encourage:  Fulfillment of the school’s educational mission.  Development of school-family unity  Development of personal character formation in students  Improved family communication  Practical ways to develop virtue in the family and in the work place.

THE ANATOMY OF VIRTUE Through a series of conferences our aim is to help in understanding the structure of the human person and the way virtue is built into our characters, and to give a practical perspective on how necessary it is to live virtuously in our everyday activities.

For more information contact us at: FAMILY LIFEWORKS, INC. Nancy Hernandez / Graciela Urruchua 215 Switch Oak San Antonio, TX 78230

(210) 479 -7152 (210) 386-6943 www.familylifeworks.net familylifeworks@gmail.com

Strong Families for the Work of Life


Strong Families for the Work of Life

Because being a parent is the most important job you will ever have.

Building Strong Families Our mission is to help families discover the importance of ppersonal growth and long-lasting family values in an atmosphere of love and understanding, sacrifice and sharing; by learning those values that will lead them to happy and successful lives and being able to put them into practice. Family Lifeworks strives to provide the tools necessary to achieve this goal. Our Family Education Program exposes families to time-tested tools that have helped other families around the world for years. In fact, some of these tools have been used in professional work environments to help people and businesses from all walks of life to deal with critical issues of character, integrity, and personal growth.

Family LifeWorks, Inc. 215 Switch Oak San Antonio, TX 78230 210-479-7152

Families have the opportunity for continued education and support through resources designed to answer common questions. Course choices help families guide their decisions and to succeed in the Work of Life that will benefit their own generation and those to come.

210-386-6943 www.familylifeworks.net familylifeworks@gmail.com


BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES

MAIN TOPIC

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OBJECTIVES *To understand the concept of "guiding instincts" or innate knowledge. * To develop a better understanding of the "sensitive periods" . * Make a plan to use the sensitive periods effectively.

SENSITIVE PERIODS

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HUMAN MOTIVATIONS

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DETACHMENT

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* To undertand what motivates the human person to act in certain ways. * To make better use of rewards and punishment. * To foster motivation for higher values. * To foster detachment in order to counteract selfishness. *To discover that a person is valuable not because of what he gives but because of the attitude he has in giving * To help our children work honestly for the truth * To understand that it's not "not saying lies" * Realizing it involves every aspect aspect of our lives; interior and exterior

TRUTH

* To gain authority before our children * To understand the concept of "service-authority" that means that just by serving we gain authority.

AUTHORITY

* To teach them that everthing has a beginning and an end. * To teach them that every work has to be finished to the best of our abilities.

WORK WELL DONE

VIRTUE

ORDER

RESPONSIBILITY

GENEROSITY

HONESTY

OBEDIENCE

DILIGENCE

* To understand that every person has dignity no

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matter what. * To learn how to give and recieve respect. *To teach them to respect authority (adults, teachers, public servants, priests)

DIGNITY

DIGNITY AND SEXUALITY

* To help them understand the concept of integrity in the human person. * To explain that dignity belongs to the whole person and sexuality is not just about the physical dimension

RESPECT

MODESTY

* To explain the importance of learning piety as a child.

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LOVE FOR GOD

* To help them realize that just by having a relationship with God we will be happy.

PIETY

SOCIABILITY

*To understand the importance of being created to live in society. * To learn how to educate our children in positive leadership for the future. * To understand that a leadear person should be a kind person.

KINDNESS

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BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES

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MAIN TOPIC

OBJECTIVES

COMMUNICATION

* Realize the importance of giving children quality time. * To foster trust and understanding in the family * To understand the importance of listening

PEACE

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CONCIENCE FORMATION

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VALUE OF SACRIFICE

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UNITY OF LIFE

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UNDERSTANDING

* The importance of a fostering peaceful surroundings. * Educating by our example *Realizing that patient people usually make good decisions. * To give our children a solid formation that will make them virtuous persons. * Undedrstanding that good formation will help them look for the truth and the good in every aspect of their lives. * To enable our children to live a genuinely Christian life. * To teach them self-control in order to resist outside influences. * Being true to oneself and to others, especially with God in every circumstance. * To realize the importance of having our words, thougths and actions work in harmony with our values. * To realize the importance of undertanding instead of just being understood. * To undersatnd that life is not about being resentful or vengeful. * Understanding people foster good friendships.

Strong Familes for the Work of Life

VIRTUE FRIENDSHIP

PATIENCE

LOYALTY

MODERATION

CONSISTENCY

FORGIVENESS


Our vision is a generation of young adults with strong characters and permanent values, capable of taking the right decisions based on truth and supported by strong wills.

The Heart of It The Heart of It is a Character Formation course for adolescents, to give them the necessary tools that will help them become adults with personal integrity, capable of living with permanent values and a full understanding of what it means to be a human person. There are many challenges to be faced by teenager and young adults in the world today: The influence of media, peer pressure, an openly sexual culture, moral relativism, lack of strong permanent values‌ and they need to be taught how to look for the truth, how to take decisions that will lead them to live full lives. Through practical interaction and active participation in class our program is designed to help teenagers find the truth by giving them information about the subjects they will be faced with, so that they will become convinced for themselves about the need to have strong values.

Family LifeWorks, Inc. 215 Switch Oak San Antonio, TX 78230 210-479-7152 210-386-6943 www.familylifeworks.net familylifeworks@gmail.com


THE HEART OF IT!

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Session

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ME, MYSELF AND I

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Understanding my Identity

Taking Control: Emotional Maturity

The Heart of It ! Adolescents are searching for their identity with questions like: who am I?, why am I here?, who do I want to be? In this session we discuss the 5 dimensions of the human being: Physical, emotional, social, rational and spiritual.

Objectives / Virtue * What happens in one dimension affects the rest. * How to reach maturity in the five dimensions RESPONSIBILITY

Emotions, feelings, and passions and motivations are the * Understanding that feelings are not ways we react to the world around us. They are good or bad, it's the way I react that important and necessary for our development. In this makes them either positive or negative. module we learn to recognize them and how to manage them. PATIENCE

Adolescence is a time of growth in all dimensions and there are things that help this process or hinder it. We give the students a map they can follow to make this Growing up with Self-esteem journey fruitful.

* What is self esteem? *Concept of healthy self-esteem *How to achieve a healthy self-esteem

SINCERITY

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My Sexuality, My Self

It is of the utmost importance to understand the difference between sex and sexuality and what it means for the way we live our lives.

* Understand the concept of unity in the human person. * Learn how sexuality is expressed without the need for sex.

Relationships require valuing and respecting the person by recognizing the dignity of every human being, and understanding the rights and duties we must exercise, starting with the respect we owe ourselves.

* Learn the true value of the dignity of the human person, starting with yourself. *Practical ways to show respect

PURITY

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Respect: For Myself and Others

RESPECT

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Family ABC's

The family is the cornerstone of society. In many ways the strength of society depends on the family's well being. This module explores family growth.

* Appreciate family for what it is. * Learn new ways to deal with every day problems

YOU, THEM AND US

OBEDIENCE

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Friends and Peer pressure

Adolescents are constantly under pressure from various sources: friends, media, culture, parents, school. We help identify these pressures and develop the skills to manage them.

* To understand the true meaning of friendship. * To learn how to deal with peer pressure in a positive way.

As teenagers mature, they increasingly make their own decisions. Effective decision making is based on reason, knowledge, moral values, traditions, family upbringing, and religious beliefs.

* Set short, medium and long term goals in the five dimensions.

FRIENDSHIP

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A Fork in the Road

SELF KNOWLEDGE

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Keep on Talking

Once the adolescent has made a decision, he or she has to find the best way to communicate them to others in an assertive way. We help them develop those skills.

* Develop good communication skills in every aspect of life. ASSERTIVENESS

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THE HEART OF IT!

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Get the Message I

The Heart of It !

Objectives / Virtue

Adolescents are more sensitive to the images and messages that advertising conveys. Here they learn to look for the positive and negative messages and make conscious, analytical evaluations.

* To recognize the influence different types of media have on our way of thinking, looking at life and decision making.

Navigating the internet has great benefits as well as great risks for adolescents. Access to inappropriate material is now just a click away. Adolescents need to be aware of the challenges.

* To recognize the influence different types of media have on our way of thinking, looking at life and decision making.

INFLUENCES

DISCERNMENT

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Get the Message II

DISCERNMENT

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Downward Spiral

Understanding the negative aspects of drug abuse is good but it's essential to point out the positive consequences of self control which allows each person to develop their talents and skills.

* To learn how addictions can start. *Identify the differences and consequences of experimentation, habit, abuse, dependence and addiction.

A 1970 investigation presented to the Commission on Pornography of the United States, suggested that it was harmless. We explore the real dangers of pornography and it's effects.

* To recognize the negative effects that pornography (starting with soft porn) has on the viewer and the viewed.

SELF RESPECT

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Behind Closed Doors

STRENGTH OF CHARACTER

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Choosing Chastity

Teens are being bombarded with messages saying: "Love justifies sex", "sexual feelings are uncontrollable", " Everyone does it!", We debunk the messages to discuss the possible affirmation of chastity for love.

*Identify that chastity involves all 5 human dimensions. *Recognize that the virtue of chastity is possible and valuable

PERSONAL COMMITMENT

CHASTITY

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Under Pressure

Before deciding on how to express our sexuality, we should look at what influences human sexual behavior. We explore those things in order to help in making the right decisions.

*Learn strategies to identify and combat societal and peer pressures to be sexually active.

STRENGTH OF WILL

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Dating and Relationships

Dating has the concrete purpose of deepening our *Reconcile respect and the realities of knowledge of another person. Dating is a normal part of modern dating. human existence. We look at the elements of smart dating, the purpose of dating, and how to build lasting love. SELF CONTROL

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STD's: A Silent Epidemic

Adolesdcents tend to be risk takers and they don't realize * To recognize the facts and that STD's take many forms and are a public health consequences of risky behavior. challenge worldwide. Sexual behaviors and attitudes are key in addressing the problem. Adolescents must understand the risks and dangers. VERACITY

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THE HEART OF IT!

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True Love

The Heart of It ! Most young people hope to have loving and lasting relationships that help them become better. In today's culture, preparation is paramount. We look at the elements of lasting mature relationships and how to achieve them.

Objectives * To understand the difference between true love and some common misconceptions about true love. *To recognize that love and responsibility can never be separated.

FOR LIFE

SINCERITY

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Marriage

Marriage is part of God's plan for humanity. In order to build * Understand the fundamentals and goals of a lasting marriage, founded on truth and love it is necessary marriage‌ it is the most mportant decision you to understand the right concept of marriage and everything will make, because it is forever. it entails. COMMITMENT

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Being a Parent

Life Belongs to God

The Big Picture

Most adolescents want to become parents some day. Understanding that paternity calls for maturity, generous love, responsibility and sacrifice is critical. We are all someone's children!

* Recognizing what parents do for their children brings new appreciations and a vision for the future. SACRIFICE

Each of us is unique and valuable. Procreation entails * Understand the true value of human life as a understanding our role in generating a new life. Adolescents gift from God need an honest appreciation for the connection between sex and procreation. UNDERSTANDING TRUTH Whether or not we acknowledge our spiritual dimension, we all live spiritual lives. When we live authentically, our actions flow from our willingness to act on our beliefs and values. In other words, action follows being.

*To understand the model of being-willingdoing *Identify the importance of forming our beliefs in truth, the power of faith in our values and the role of meaning in our actions.

TRANSCENDING

PIETY

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Spinning Compass

As human beings we are made to seek truth, we want to give * Learn to recognize truth as an objective value. teenagers the tools to understand where truth comes from in order to distinguish between objective truth, subjective truth and relativism. OBJECTIVITY

The Anatomy of Virtue

The only way to become fully human is to live a life of virtue. * Understand what cardinal virtues are and the Understanding the stucture of the human person and the practical ways of living them out. way virtue is built into our character is fundamental to being able to live virtue out in our daily lives. CARDINAL VIRTUES

Virtue 101

To become a virtuous person one must understand the * Define virtue and recognize the ones I have relationship virtues have with self-control and the mastering and the ones I need to work on to become a of oneself in regards to what feels good and what doesn't. better person

Strong Families for the Work of Life


THE HEART OF IT ! Parent's Program

SESSION

TOPIC

DESCRIPTION Education in the 21st century

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PARENTING 101 What is authority?

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WHAT ARE OUR CHILDREN GOING Identity / five dimensions THROUGH? Emotional control Healthy self-esteem

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EVERYBODY'S DOING IT!!

Friendship Peer pressure Communication in the Family

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KEEP ON TALKING

Get your children to talk to you How do teens talk to eachother? Sex and sexuality

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WHAT ABOUT SEX?

Chastity Statistics Today's Media

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MEDIA INFLUENCE How to filter? How addictions get started

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DOWNWARD SPIRAL

Signs to look for Getting help The Anatomy of Virtue

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SETTING THE EXAMPLE Cultivating virtue in the family Strong Families for the Work of Life


The Heart of It! Middle School

6th GRADE 1

3 YEAR PROGRAM

Understanding my identity

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Taking control: Growing up with Emotional self esteem Maturity

4 Family ABC'S 7th GRADE

recap- 6th grade

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My Sexuality, my Self

Respect: for myself and others

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A Fork in the Road

Choosing Chastity

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Dating and Relationships

Life belongs to God

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Understanding my sexuality

Respect: for myself and others

Chastity: Making the choice

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Media

Addictions

Dating and Relationships

Life belongs to God

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Respect: for myself and others

Chastity: Making the choice

Dating and Relationships

Friends and Peer Keep on Talking pressure 8th GRADE

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recap- 7th grade

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Get the Keep on Talking The Anatomy of Message: Effects Downward Spiral II Virtue of Media

2 YEAR PROGRAM

7th GRADE 1

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Understanding my identity

My emotional makeup

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Growing up with My family: what self esteem I need it for 8th GRADE

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Friends and Peer Communication: Learning to pressure Keep on Talking make decisions

1 YEAR PROGRAM

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8th GRADE 1

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Understanding my identity

My emotional makeup

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Growing up with Understanding self esteem my sexuality

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The Heart of It! High School

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4 YEAR PROGRAM

Understanding my identity

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My Sexuality, My Self

Respect: for myself and others

Family ABC's

SOPHOMORE STUDENTS 11

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Friends and Peer Pressure

Dating and Relationships II

Keep on Talking I

Keep on Talking II

JUNIOR STUDENTS 18

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Taking control: Taking control: Growing up with self Emotional Maturity Emotional Maturity esteem 10

A Fork in the Road

Choosing Chastity

Choosing Chastity II

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Anatomy of Virtue

Get the message: Internet and music

Get the message: T.V. and movies

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Marriage

Being a Parent

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Understanding my identity 3 YEAR PROGRAM

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A Fork in the Road

Dating and Relationships II

Keep on Talking I

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Marriage

Being a Parent

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Understanding my identity / Sexuality

Taking control: Emotional Maturity

Respect and Self -esteem

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Downward Spiral

Marriage

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Behind Closed Doors Life Belongs to God I

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The Big Picture

Campus Life

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My Sexuality, My Self

Respect: for myself and others

Choosing Chastity

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SOPHOMORE STUDENTS 11

JUNIOR STUDENTS 18 Get the message: Effects of Media

Life Belongs to God II

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Spinning Compass I Spinning Compass II

Taking control: Taking control: Growing up with self Emotional Maturity Emotional Maturity esteem

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22 True Love: How to recognize the real thing

2 YEAR PROGRAM

FRESHMEN STUDENTS 4

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22 True Love: How to recognize the real thing

1 YEAR PROGRAM

2

Downward Spiral

SENIOR STUDENTS 25

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Spinning Compass I Spinning Compass II

Behind Closed Doors Life Belongs to God I

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The Big Picture

Campus Life

JUNIOR STUDENTS 18

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A Fork in the Road

Choosing Chastity

Keep on Talking I

Downward Spiral

SENIOR STUDENTS 25

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Life Belongs to God I Spinning Compass I Spinning Compass II

The Big Picture

Campus Life

SENIOR STUDENTS 25

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Understanding my Taking control: Choosing Chastity / identity / Sexuality / Emotional Maturity Fork in the Road Respect / Communication

True Love / Marriage

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Life Belongs to God I Spinning Compass I

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Spinning Compass II / Campus Life / Big Picture


Make your home your best business…

Balanced Homes, Homes, Balanced Balanced Lives Lives Balanced Do any of these situations sound familiar…  Do you feel that you run around and you never have time for anything?  Do you cover so many roles that you barely have time for yourself?  Do you look for important papers and can’t find them?  Is what you earn enough for what you spend?  When you open a closet or drawer you can’t find what you’re looking for?  You go shopping for groceries and you never know what to buy for dinner?  Do you know your families’ nutritional needs?  You buy new cleaning products not knowing what they will do for you and your house never looks really clean?  The laundry just keeps on piling up like a never-ending plague?  Do you try to get your husband and kids to cooperate at home and can’t seem to get them to do anything?  You never have the time or energy to invite people over? We will give you the tools you need in order to manage your homes in the most effective way possible in order to make them luminous and happy places to live in.

Family LifeWorks, Inc. 215 Switch Oak San Antonio, TX 78230 210-479-7152 210-386-6943 www.familylifeworks.net familylifeworks@gmail.com


Balanced Homes, Balanced Lives SESSION Organized minds, organized homes

Working as a team

Time management

DESCRIPTION Understanding that the same as any professional activity, the work you do at home has to be planned. Rediscovering the importance and value of the work of women in the home and in society. Having a plan and visualizing where we want to be in the different roles we have in life is essential for getting there. A family is a team that has to work together in order for life to work… delegating chores and sharing responsibilities is the best way to do it. Where do the 24 hours of the day go? Visualizing our days, weeks, months and year is a practical way of organizing our minds in order to organize our every day activities.

VIRTUE

Commitment

Patience

Diligence

Family Spending Plan

Money is an issue in every family in the world… it causes problems, anxiety, and stress. Looking at reality and planning beforehand helps to reduce these problems.

Sobriety

Maximize your space

Having a big house or a small house is not what makes the difference in the order we have at home… it's what you do with that space that is important.

Order

Nutrition

Menu planning

Fast, easy cooking

Clean up time

Of the basic necessities of life eating is the one that takes up most of our time and energy… what we put in our bodies makes a big difference in our health and the way we feel. What to cook for dinner? It is the most popular question in every household… when we have a plan, it's not an issue!

When you master the techniques for simple every day cooking it makes the time spent in the kitchen much more efficient.

There is no way of getting away from the dust and dirty clothes. Having the necessary tools and plans to carry out these activities in a productive way is indispensable in every home.

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Generosity

Temperance

Service

Pulchritude


Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil:4,8) Phuio

Anatomy of Virtue The only way to become fully human is to live a life of virtue. We live in a world where having values is of the utmost importance‌ the problem is that we all have different values and this often causes conflict and confusion when it comes to matters of character and integrity. Virtues on the other hand are objective, they mean the same thing to all people of all times and give us a solid base on which to live our lives in relation to everybody else. When we live a life of virtue everybody can count on the results, and on us. Virtues take the guesswork out of life and relationships. Understanding the structure of the human person and the way virtue is built into our characters is fundamental to understanding how virtue can be lived out in our everyday activities. Our program consists of a series of conferences that can be taught in different environments: businesses, schools, families, conferences, corporate training, or retreats. Our objective is to help individuals visualize how living virtuously can make you a better person, a committed parent, and a more integrated human being, able to give a good example in whatever environment you develop in.

Family LifeWorks, Inc. 215 Switch Oak San Antonio, TX 78230 210-479-7152 210-386-6943 www.familylifeworks.net familylifeworks@gmail.com


ANATOMY OF VIRTUE

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The Anatomy of Virtue

DESCRIPTION Understanding the structure of the human person and the way virtue is built into our characters is fundamental to understanding how virtue can be lived out in our everyday activities.

OBJECTIVES To have clear concepts of humanity, dignity, intelligence, truth, will, the good, virtue and vice.

Explaining the relationship virtue has with To understand what cardinal virtues self-control and the mastering of oneself in are and the practical ways of living Temperance and Fortitude regards to what feels good and what doesn't. them out.

Justice and Prudence

Charity: The Queen of Virtues

In this module one discovers that each one To realize that everything we do of us is indeed a "debtor" and that the things affects or relationships with God and we owe others are neatly summarized in the with others. "guidelines of Justice" , commonly known as the "Ten Commandments".

Life has no meaning without love. There is an To learn to distinguish the different ontological explanation for this… the human types of love and how we are called person is made in the image of God, and to fulfill ourselves in loving others. GOD is LOVE. This love has different dimensions depending on who it is directed to.

Humility calls us to recognize that there are certain fundamental truths which don't Humility: The foundation depend on us, but directly on God… and as created beings we must submit to them. of the Virtuous Life

Diligence

Teaching virtue to our children

To understand the difference between the recognition of our talents as gifts, and "false humility"

As human beings one of our callings is to "give back" to God of the talents we received from Him… what we do with them by developing the virtues of order, optimism, industriousness and teamwork is the way to do it.

Recognizing that as corporal beings we live in a certain space and time that we must make the most of them in order to obtain good results.

Children learn mainly from example but there are certain ages in which virtues are more easily incorporated into life. As parents it is necessary to learn how to take advantage of these times in order to instill a virtuous way of life.

To learn to recognize the stages our children are in and to make a practical plan for living virtues in family life.

It is fundamental to realize that in teaching To understand that our attitude says virtues it is not enough to know things but to much more about us than our words put them into practice. Virtues are not do. Where have all the adults considered "cool" by society so it is of gone utmost importance that as adults we step up and give a good example.

Strong Families for the Work of Life


Strong Families for the Work of Life

Our name proclaims loudly and clearly that the family as a whole needs to WORK towards being a positive influence in society in order to bring about the changes it so desperately needs. Our goal is to empower families by providing a network of people with the same values as they have, in order to make a stronger society. A solid family must be wrought, with great effort on all parts, from the raw materials of people and culture... For more information contact us at: 215 Switch Oak San Antonio, TX, 78230 (210) 479-7152 / (210) 386-6943 familylifeworks@gmail.com Or visit us at: www.familylifeworks.net


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