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A friend of mine created three graphics for me for an ongoing curriculum project for Illumination Learning. What’s interesting is that this graphic above has sparked many conversations, mostly among Orthodox dads. They fell in love with a dad being portrayed with a strong role within the family. This has led to many more conversations about the role of both dads and moms within the family.

During these coming weeks before Pascha, I will be sharing six posts written by Orthodox dads and moms discussing this topic.

I purposely chose to diversify the perspectives on this topic because not every family is the same. For example, how many of you have been foster parents, adopted three children, have biological children as well, homeschool….you get the point. My perspective is not the end all for parenting. The quote below sums up perfectly why I asked these contributing authors to write a post for me and have a series instead of a single post:

Abba Poemen said that Abba John said that the saints are like a group of trees, each bearing different fruit, but watered from the same source. The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but it is the same Spirit that works in all of them.

Source: Sr. Benedicta Ward, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1975), pp. 89-95

The Roles of Father & Mother Within the Family Series: