an academy for parents and educators

Pared Academy

Providing concrete insights for parents and educators to help children thrive today.

The Pared Academy is a think-tank of experienced educators within Pared Foundation. 

Our role is to collaborate with parents and teachers, identifying the real challenges in raising children today, and coming up with innovative and effective solutions for them. 

We source the best and most current research, together with the wisdom of experience, in order to provide resources for parents and educators of the Pared schools and the broader community.

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Collaborating with parents and educators to help children achieve their personal best, so they can serve others and make a positive impact on society.

Pared Academy provides endorsed professional development for teachers and sources the best in research and educational resources for parents and staff of the Pared schools as well as the broader community.

As a leading body in character education and development, Pared Academy seeks to serve all parents, schools and educators who value an integrated vision of education, which seeks to develop all aspects of the person: mind, heart and will.

Upcoming Courses for 2022

These courses can be registered as professional development electives under section Educational leadership Standard 1 /7

Free Hearts


Explore your three centers of freedom and responsibility: reason, the will and the heart.  Develop a free heart – a heart accustomed to saying “yes” to transcendent inspirations that manifest themselves in the depths of your being.

Book Recommendations

Parenting for Character

In this book, Andrew Mullins, former Headmaster of Redfield College, Sydney, argues that parents need to help build character: it does not just evolve. He explores how to encourage young people to think independently and make choices that are good for themselves and others. The advice for parents in this book is clear and simple: lead by example, ensure that good habits are encouraged repeatedly, nurture the spiritual dimension in your life, and show love and affection to your children.

Created for Greatness

Created for Greatness explains the virtue of magnanimity, a virtue capable of setting the tone of your entire life, transforming it, giving it new meaning and leading to the flourishing of your personality. Magnanimity is the willingness to undertake great tasks; it is the source of human greatness. Along with humility, it is a virtue specific to true leaders emboldened by the desire to achieve greatness by bringing out the greatness in others. Complete with practical steps and points for personal examination, this book will not only inspire you, but will place you firmly on the path to a more magnanimous life. 

Father, The Family Protector

Educator James Stenson explores how fathers exercise their powerful and particularly masculine contribution to family life. He spells out how successful fathers deal with their children in the more crucial areas: family rules, discipline, schooling, sports, recreation, the media, and ongoing teamwork with one’s wife.

From Temperament to Character

The Virtuous Leadership approach to temperament affirms the legitimate diversity of our physiological and psychological makeup, and proposes that temperament, rightly understood, undergirds the efforts of all persons to flourish and achieve excellence. It recognizes that temperament does not determine goals (much less outcomes), but instead gives shape and color to the efforts of human beings to flourish through mastering the habits of excellence. 

Surprising Power Family Meals

How often does a book come along that will change your life? The Surprising Power of Family Meals will. Digesting its information and implementing even a few of its helpful suggestions will benefit every member of your family in deep and lasting ways. 

The Temperament God Gave You

Veteran Catholic counselor Art Bennett and his wife Laraine provide an accessible synthesis of classical wisdom, modern counseling science, and Catholic spirituality: a rich understanding of the temperaments and what they mean for you and for your family.  How to identify your own temperament and use it to become what God is calling you to be: a loving spouse, an effective parent, and a good friend.

Calmer, Easier, Happier Homework

All parents want their child to get the most out of school and to acquire the knowledge and skills that will stand them in good stead for later life. But with an ever-expanding curriculum, increasing class sizes, and the lure of TV and computer games, parents are sometimes at a loss as to how to help their children.

Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting

Simple strategies for a happier home and more cooperative kids. For children aged 3-13. Finally, a revolutionary program that gives you simple steps to take the daily battles out of parenting. These strategies resolve one of parents’ biggest frustrations: getting your children to listen and do what you ask, the first time you ask. 

Free Hearts

Beauty, greatness, love, freedom, mercy, and suffering expand the heart, purify it, and make it burn with love and desire. In the words of Alexandre Havard, “A free heart says ‘yes’ to transcendent values, to the divine inspirations and impulses in the depths of our being.” For our hearts to be free, we must transform our interior selves. Alexandre Havard shows us the way. This book will help you achieve the optimal balance between the heart, the mind, and the will, heal your heart when it is troubled and has been wounded, and enable your most noble aspirations to grow in strength and maturity.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

Drawing on her thirty years’ experience practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine, teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker explains why an active father figure is maybe the single most important factor in a young woman’s development. In this invaluable guide, Meeker shows how a father can be both counsel and protector for his daughter as she grows into a spiritually and mentally strong young woman.

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons

From the moment a mother holds her newborn son, his eyes tell her that she is his world. But often, as he grows up, the boy who needs her simultaneously pushes her away. Calling upon thirty years of experience as a pediatrician, Meg Meeker, M.D., mother of four, shares the secrets that every mother needs to know in order to strengthen—or rebuild—her relationship with her son.


In Lifeline, James B. Stenson summarizes the proven methods and techniques of effective Christian parents today. It is an excellent tool for parents of small children, parents who have no time to spare. The book tells how: to develop confident parental leadership, setting rules and standards to structure and guide the family, rules that lead to the practice of faith and basic Christian virtues.

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