Your example cultivates reverence in your family

By Kristen Bourgeois, NOLA Catholic Parenting


Raising little humans is hard work!

I start to think of the importance of my faith and how there was a time when I did not practice my faith and the consequences of being adrift in the world.

I want to make sure my children have a strong foundation of faith. But sometimes, it seems like an overwhelming and intimidating task.

One Sunday, as we entered church, as usual, I genuflected after my husband had entered the pew. As I looked back over my shoulder to help usher my 2-year-old into the pew, there he was, right behind me, genuflecting all on his own.

It was not something we actually taught him. It was something he had learned by watching us, his parents. My husband and I just gazed at each other with admiration for our little boy.

It was at that moment, God revealed something to me. Just leading by example in the small things of our faith will lay down that much-needed foundation. It was as simple as that!

Kristen Bourgeois is a wife and mother who grew up in New York and now calls New Orleans home. Kristen was a police detective for 15 years investigating crimes for a local police department. 

Currently, Kristen assists her husband in running the youth ministry at St. Jane de Chantal and works at Camp Abbey. Kristen had a conversion while serving as a detective and seeks to help working parents find peace in the chaos of our daily lives. Hearing God’s voice and finding ways to pray is her passion. She loves to discover a new chaplet or prayer app and share the Good News! Kristen loves adventure, traveling on horseback, glamping, puppies and watching Phineas and Ferb episodes.

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