The changing meaning of family

One time I was reading an article by a writer whose work I enjoy reading occasionally when she referred to a book her young son was reading as picturing “one of those vanilla mummy/daddy families”. That is, it showed a married mum and dad, and the couple’s biological children. It was clear by the context…

How important is teaching gratitude to our children?

My column originally published in The Catholic Weekly last week. I love the school holidays because they give me a chance to organise get-togethers with friends we don’t get to see in the regular course of things. During one of these last week I was watching our children tear around their friends’ backyard with them, tumbling…