Everyone knows that good parenting requires the strict and constant use
of rules that can never, ever be broken — except when necessary. The Twelve
Unbreakable Principles of Parenting was inspired by the problems encountered
by author Ann Lang O'Connor when deciding how best to raise her children
with a strong faith foundation. In her attempt to find a sense of direction, she
developed twelve core principles to provide a systematic way to make decisions
on tough issues and day-to-day questions. She writes in her introduction, "I
determined that, out of the thousands of things that I could choose to focus
on as a parent, these were the principles on which I wanted to center my energy
and attention, so I could let all of the rest go without regret."
The twelve principles are:
- The Acceptance Principle
- The God Principle
- The Structure Principle
- The Home Principle
- The Community Principle
- The Responsibility Principle
- The Earth Principle
- The Reading Principle
- The Art Principle
- The Forgiveness Principle
- The "Yes" Principle
- The Humor Principle
Ann Lang O'Connor
Ann Lang O’Connor is faith formation coordinator for St. Gertrude Parish in Chicago. She is also a writer, bookbinder and paper artist.
Her mission is to contribute to the well being and happiness of others. To that end, she creates opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life to discover and draw upon their innate creativity, compassion, enthusiasm and resourcefulness—in other words, the God within.
She offers sacramental preparation retreats, reflections for parents, and talks on a wide range of subjects including entering advent, living lent, cycles and seasons, faith and doubt, forgiveness and reconciliation, prayer, transitions, creating a culture of kindness, the theology in stained glass windows and the mystery of water—all concluding with the creation of a temporary, large-scale, communal work of art such as a mobile, banner or prayer canopy.
She is currently planning a free, six-week creativity worship for anyone who is unemployed.
O’Connor has written for US Catholic, Loyola Press and CareNotes, and is a contributing writer for Take 5 for Faith (True Quest Communications).
She lives her “twelve principles” in Chicago with her husband and three children. For further information, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org