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,…

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…

Do parents find their smart phones more interesting than their kids?

Image by Garry Knight. Article originally published in The Catholic Weekly under a different headline.   Like most people I know I use my mobile phone a lot, less for making calls and more to see the time, check for email messages, or look up my favourite websites. I was surprised though to read that according…

My half-Jedi, half-ninja boy

Published originally in The Catholic Weekly. Our six-year-old has provided us with some of those delightful moments recently that children can provide, which, though simple, are totally unexpected and immediately memorable. Firstly, he became suddenly and completely interested in reading everything in sight, from cereal boxes to street signs, and slogans on clothing. We were…

Be a peaceful parent, stop looking for stuff around the house.

Originally published as a podcast for The Journey. It’s a great Christian show with input on Scripture, healthy marriages, parenting, stuff for young people, inspiring bits, fun bits, and thought-provoking bits. I’m honoured to be involved. Check it out!   The other night, after our children’s bedtime, I kept finding cupboard doors open. I went looking for the culprit and…

A lesson in written self-expression from a five-year-old

The thing about not posting regularly is that now there’s too much to catch up on! Since my last written-for-the-blog post about the two weeks I spent decluttering the house what have I done apart from the usual run-around? Hosted weekly catechesis group sessions for my daughter and some other children receiving their First Holy…