Theology of the Body Parent School equips parents to teach truth about human sexuality

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A new curriculum is helping Catholic parents rediscover their role as the primary educators of their children. The Theology of the Body (TOB) Parent School equips parents to teach their children what is good and true about human sexuality at an age-appropriate pace.

The school was founded in 2020 by a group of parents from Portland, Oregon, and its curriculum is based on St. John Paul II’s “theology of the body,” a body of teaching about what it means to be male and female.

The TOB Parent School sends monthly magazines that help Catholic families learn about the dignity of life from conception to natural death.

Lindsay Caron, founder of the TOB Parent School, spoke with “EWTN Pro-Life Weekly” recently about what inspired her to start the school.

After seeing that there were not any programs to help busy parents at home, Caron explained that she “saw a need and we gathered like-minded people to start creating magazines to meet that need.”

“We know that parents are the primary educator, and that’s the way that it was always meant to be, and in the past probably 50 years that role has slowly been stripped away of parents,” she added.

The TOB Parent School tries to “put that tool right in their hand” by making it easy for parents to walk through the magazines with their child without needing a degree in theology or having a complete understanding of TOB.

“I think that the problem is educating about sexuality only in adolescence and those young years because we want to still protect their natural innocence,” Caron said. 

“So, if instead you come at it from the whole truth of personhood like John Paul II did and you educate them on the dignity of the human person from conception and everything that that entails, sexuality is just a part of that and then it falls in naturally and it doesn’t have to be overemphasized.”

Magazines from the TOB Parent School have been sold in 45 states, which Caron explained has been thanks to word-of-mouth. She added that this year they will be offering new cycles. Currently, the A cycle is available. They hope to have the B and C cycles ready by the end of the year.

Watch the entire interview with Caron on “EWTN Pro-Life Weekly” below.

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