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Intentional Catholic Parenting

Affective Development

"When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 'Where have you laid him?' he asked. 'Come and see, Lord,' they replied. Jesus wept"  (John 11:33-35)

In this passage, Jesus encounters the mourning of Mary and those who had gathered to mourn Lazarus' death. His reaction is described as being "deeply moved in spirit" and "troubled," and He weeps.

This passage is often cited as a powerful example of Jesus' humanity, showing His capacity for empathy and deep emotional connection with others. Affective development is concerned with the development of a person’s inner life. It involves the way we think and feel about ourselves, what and who we value and believe in, the way we moralize, and the virtues, character traits, and personality traits we embrace. Affective development is a deeply personal and private matter because it expresses and reflects the “soul life” of a person. Often, the development of affect in a person is made visible to others only through the person’s own words or actions. 


Affective development, in essence, embraces “the hidden character of the heart, expressed in the unfading beauty of a calm and gentle disposition. This is precious in God’s eyes” (1 Pt 3:4). This inner life, or “soul life” of each person must be reverenced and respected by everyone, but most especially by parents and all who work with children since children are so vulnerable and trusting.



Introduction to Affective Development

Affective development is a crucial aspect of a child's growth, encompassing emotional, moral, and spiritual dimensions. In the comprehensive guide, "Intentional Catholic Parenting: Affective Development Birth through Adulthood," authors Renée Alda Marazon and David Alan Marazon explore this concept in depth, providing valuable insights for parents and educators.

About the Authors

Renée Alda Marazon, an expert in Catholic ministry and child development, alongside David Alan Marazon, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Their work is rooted in their commitment to nurturing each child as a unique gift from God, emphasizing the role of affective development in children's growth.






Book Overview: Affective Development from Birth to Adulthood

This book is a part of the Intentional Catholic Parenting Series, focusing on different developmental stages: infancy, toddlerhood, preschool, and school-age. It offers practical strategies and targeted objectives to support and nurture affective development at each stage, integrating Catholic teachings with developmental psychology.

Key Topics Explored

  • Stages of Affective Development: The book delves into the stages of affective development, providing insights into how children's emotional and moral faculties evolve.

  • Practical Parenting Tips: Detailed guidelines and real-life examples help parents support their children's affective growth.

  • Integrating Faith with Development: The authors beautifully weave Catholic principles with developmental insights, offering a unique perspective on parenting.

Why This Book Matters

Affective development is essential in shaping a child’s personality and worldview. This book serves as a critical resource for parents seeking to foster a nurturing environment that aligns with Catholic values, ensuring a holistic approach to their child's upbringing.

User-Friendly and Practical

Renée Marazon's extensive experience in education and David Marazon's research bring forth a user-friendly, practical, and deeply insightful guide. It's designed to be easily understood by parents and educators alike, regardless of their background in child psychology or theology.

Engage with the Community

We invite readers to share their experiences and insights on affective development in our comments section. Engaging with a community of like-minded individuals can enrich your parenting journey.

Conclusion: A Journey of Intentional Parenting

"Intentional Catholic Parenting: Affective Development Birth through Adulthood" is more than just a book; it's a roadmap for parents committed to raising well-rounded, spiritually grounded children. Embrace this journey of intentional parenting, and witness the beautiful unfolding of your child's affective development.

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