21 Days to a Happier Family

From my Catholic Weekly column. Dr Justin Coulson is a regular contributor to the popular parenting website, Kidspot, and is regularly interviewed on the Sydney Christian radio station 103.2 for his tips on parenting toddlers to teenagers. His latest book, 21 Days to a Happier Family, is for parents who are looking for help with…

What Are We Really Doing When We Take a Photo of Our Kids?

Children often give us lovely moments. But occasionally there are some which seem so perfect they are un-real, literally breathtaking. Why do they come with such a pang of loss, of saudade? Is this why we so often reach for a camera, to quell the feeling of panic of losing a beautiful way of seeing…

Parenting fails and God’s mercy

My column published last week in The Catholic Weekly. Photo by Schlomit Wolf. I’ve had my fair share of ‘parenting fails’, as all parents probably do. I’ve left children at school until late in the afternoon, only realising I had to pick them up when they rang me from the office to ask where I…

Little family, big job

This is my column recently published in The Catholic Weekly.   In his first official homily as the new Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher certainly painted an inspiring 20-year vision for the Catholic Church in Sydney (which should benefit the whole city). In part, he said that he hoped by the time he retired…

Surviving taking young children to Mass

  My column published in last week’s Catholic Weekly. Everyone loves the idea of parents coming to Mass with their young children, but not everyone always enjoys having young children there, including the parents themselves. I’ve been to Masses where I’ve broken out in a sweat from trying to keep the children relatively still and…

Parents the first educators when it comes to faith

From The Catholic Weekly column: Joachim was finishing up his breakfast the other day when he suddenly looked up as if all inspired and said in a rush, “You know Mum, I used to think Jesus was just a statue in the church, just a dead statue, but then I went to Kindergarten and learned all…

I’m on a podcast!

I was invited not long ago to record a two-minute segment to be aired each fortnight on The Journey, a one-hour Catholic podcast which is created by the Wollongong Diocese. My segment is called The Peaceful Parent, and I can’t tell people the title without laughing, especially if they know me, because I’m not altogether that…