Thanks to Lydia for the link to a recent talk by Pope Benedict in which he gives a wonderful exhortation about the role of the family in catechesis of children:
The Christian family has always been the first way of transmitting the faith and still today retains great possibilities for evangelization in many areas.
Dear parents, commit yourselves always to teach your children to pray, and pray with them; draw them close to the Sacraments, especially to the Eucharist, as we celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Eucharistic miracle of Ludbreg; and introduce them to the life of the Church; in the intimacy of the home do not be afraid to read the sacred Scriptures, illuminating family life with the light of faith and praising God as Father. Be like a little Upper Room, like that of Mary and the disciples, in which to live unity, communion and prayer!
from HOLY MASS ON THE OCCASION OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF CROATIAN CATHOLIC FAMILIES HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI Zagreb Hippodrome Sunday, 5 June 2011