Our mission is to empower parents to form character in themselves & in their children.
We exist because parents have one of the most significant jobs in the world.
The first team we have is our family. They’re the ones cheering us on from the beginning; learning to use a spoon, getting our driver’s license, navigating our first job, and everything in between. When we know we belong, that our family is united around us, we feel freedom to be who God created us to be.
But our culture is broken. Instead of turning to our families to help determine right and wrong, we’re being bombarded with how we should be living from every side. And, honestly, it takes a bit of grit to navigate all the division we face in life. We need a firm home base to return to in order to develop and live out strong virtues in our daily lives to face the challenges of the world today.
Families of Character is committed to providing families the best tools to make home the most loving and unified place for virtue to grow. The goal is for them to understand that even if their family life feels off course or divided, change is always possible.
We explore the design of parents, the relational environment of home, and how to develop strong virtue within everyone in the family. All of these things lead to healthy relationships, more empathy and understanding, and, ultimately, becoming better parents and raising functional adults.
It all started when...
Steve Markel, our Founder & CEO, and his wife Nancy were raising their five children. He and his wife guided parents in other parenting courses. For many years Steve searched for the reason for the breakdown of the family in our culture. His search came to an end when he discovered what was missing: there was a lack of character being lived and developed in families. Steve is now the CEO of Families of Character.