Being a (more) peaceful parent

I’ve just recorded a few radio spots for The Journey radio podcast. My two-minute input is called the Peaceful Parent – which really, if you know me, is kind of an in-joke, such that I don’t even know the punchline yet, but I trust that God does. The podcast airs on different stations around the…

Feeling better after burnout

I had a rough start to this year, but am feeling much better and am trying to make changes to the way I do things to make sure I don’t get as run-down as I was in February. Greatly encouraged by the Restore workshop, which was offered again this year by author Elizabeth Foss,  I’m…

Anger Management for Parents by Plato

 Image by Robin Alasdair Frederick* This is a post by Dr Holly Hamilton-Bleakley from her excellent blog Philosophy for Parents. I’ve admired her articles for a while and she’s kindly allowed me to share this great one with you. If you like this one, head over to her website and subscribe for more like it!…

Oh Christmas tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging.

  This is my column as published last week in The Catholic Weekly.   It’s taken a while but I think I have learned to embrace the mess that comes with having a brood of young children. Things that use to dismay me, like spilt milk at breakfast time, muddy footprints on just-mopped floors, and…

Seven steps to a large family holiday on a small budget

The Christmas school holidays have already begun for our family. We have eight weeks to rest and recover from a full and happy year. These holidays my priority is to create lots of family fun while spending as little as possible. We have five children aged 10 and under and like many larger families have to be careful about our spending. I wrote…

Parents! Pray, hope, and don’t worry

  This is a transcript for my short regular podcast series for the Journey Catholic radio program. It’s like a two-minute pep talk for frazzled parents!   In more than a decade of parenting, my husband and I have had our share of anxious moments over our children – sleepless nights with sick babies, accidents,…

For peaceful parenting, build your parent-support

  This is a transcript of a podcast I recently recorded for the radio show, The Journey. It’s part of a series I do and it’s kind of a two-minute pep talk for frazzled parents. Do you have a team behind you? I’m not talking about a sports team or a work team, but your parent-support team. Parenting is…

Jealousy sucks – smother it with gratitude

Jealousy is a destructive anxiety and a poison which divides communities, said Pope Francis recently, and families too I would add. We see its impact in the first pages of the bible, as the reason for Cain’s murder of his brother Abel. And we see it in the news headlines every day. But what about within…

Be a peaceful parent – eat dinner with your family

  Pope Francis has given his ten tops tips for a happy life. Do you know what they are? I think they are great tips for anyone trying to be a more peaceful parent as well. One was to foster a culture of healthy leisure in our families, to play with our children more, and…

Parents, hold your children to a (reasonable) standard

Photo by Ken Doerr. The following is a transcript from my Peaceful Parent segment on The Journey radio program. Late last night when I went to have my shower I found that only one child had left her day’s clothing on the floor, which was a welcome sight really, since until recently I’ve been greeted by…

Be a peaceful parent and stop the over-scheduling

Image by Marsel Minga   One recent Saturday morning I was so stressed out just thinking about what we had to do that day. We schedule our children’s sports activities for Saturdays and so we had swimming and basketball as we usually do, but I’d also booked us all in to see our dentist whose surgery…