Family and Parent Resources

These resources help parents as they engage the question: “What does it mean to be a family of belonging?” In addition to families using them at home, you might also use them to engage parents collectively, for instance in a Parent Circle that meets on Sunday afternoon or mid-week.


With Your Kids

(Ideas to engage belonging as a Family)

Stories To Read Together


The Man with the Violin

A famous violinist plays in the subway. Only 7 people pause out of 1,097.

The story about the experiment:

The true video that went viral:


“…In the 45 minutes the musician played, only six people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars….” –

Also a children’s picture book:

by Kathy Stinson  (Author), Dusan Petricic (Illustrator), Joshua Bell (Afterword)


Theme Message: We are surrounded by beauty and need only pay attention.


Family Discoveries

A Book and a Jar

Moody Cow

by Kerry Lee MacLean  (Author)



“Peter the cow is having a BAD day. After missing the bus and wiping out on his bike he loses his temper and gets in trouble. To make matters worse all the other kids are teasing him, calling him Moody Cow. Peter’s day just seems to get worse until his grandfather comes over and teaches him how to settle his mind and let go of his frustration through a simple and fun exercise.” – Amazon


Making a Mindfulness Jar


Just as in the book, Moody Cow, make a jar filled with glitter. Watching the glitter settle is a way of maintaining mindfulness and paying attention to being centered.

Family Movie Night Ideas

My Neighbor Totoro (G)


“Unlike the majority of animated movies, this isn’t full of pop-culture or consumerist references that, while funny when handled correctly, can also bog down animated films or zap them of their childlike fantasy. Satsuki and Mei need Totoro to help them through a difficult time in their lives — new home, sick mother — and it’s quite lovely to see the sweet little moments that cement their friendship. It’s a shame more family movies aren’t as simple and beautiful as My Neighbor Totoro.” – Common Sense Media


Theme Connection:   We practice kindness when we pay attention to the needs of others.

For You

(Support for Parents as Faith Formation Guides)

The 5 Main Tenets of Mindful Parenting

As parents, perhaps the most precious thing we can give our children is the gift of our full presence, in the moment.

“ As we become more aware of our own deepest needs through practice, mindful parenting also involves decoding and addressing the deeper needs of our children, rather than getting mindlessly caught up in and reactive to surface behaviors. Therefore, the cultivation of self-compassion/love, healthy self-acceptance and self-awareness are essential components of skillful and effective mindful parenting.” – from the article



Devon McClurken Interim Director of Faith Formation