Another Conversation With My Kids About Death

Image by Andrew Ruiz “I don’t want to die,” the five-year-old announces matter-of-factly from his seat in the middle row of the car. “Anyway, when people die, what happens to all their things?” “Well other people, their friends and family, usually look after their things.” “What’s dying like anyway?” the nine-year-old wants to know. “Sirius…

5 Ways to Make a Huge Task List Doable

I’m about a third of the way towards my 40th birthday deadline which I set myself in my 40 Things For 40 Years Challenge. I’ve completed a few of the easier things, such as buying a beautiful dining table, and growing my own herbs and seeds in pots on our verandah. A couple more challenges are underway, like…

The Best Thing You Will Do All Year For Your Children

To welcome guests to our home I keep a peace lily plant in a pot by the front door. Whenever its dark glossy green leaves lose their graceful arch and start wilting (usually when I’ve been too busy to notice it for a few weeks) I don’t just spray some water onto it and expect it to perk up.  I…

Resolved

My column published recently in The Catholic Weekly. Many of us love to launch into a new year with resolutions that only see us through the first couple of weeks of January, as popular website and magazine publishers know too well. We start the New Year with goals and resolutions, some serious, some more frivolous,…

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 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…