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…