The most powerful drug the world has ever seen?

From my Catholic Weekly column last week. We have a three-year old boy and so every day my husband and I are reminded that three year olds are the sweetest, funniest, craziest, and most loving human beings in the whole world. Isaac makes the most of being the baby of the family, but he often…

The freedom to believe

From my column in the The Catholic Weekly. Social researcher and commentator Hugh Mackay has a new book out this month with the title Beyond Belief. I’m yet to read it, but the publisher’s blurb says that it is Mackay’s examination of the phenomenon of Australians moving away from organised religion and religious institutions, while…

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…

The Ripple Effect of a Slack (or a Great) Lent

Image by Linda/Flickr   I’ll never forget the sharp stab of guilt I felt at the conclusion of Lent a couple of years ago. My eldest daughter had struggled beautifully and mostly successfully to give up sweets, despite her younger brothers and sisters occasionally enjoying them in front of her. “A couple of times I…

For peaceful parenting, build your parent-support

  This is a transcript of a podcast I recently recorded for the radio show, The Journey. It’s part of a series I do and it’s kind of a two-minute pep talk for frazzled parents. Do you have a team behind you? I’m not talking about a sports team or a work team, but your parent-support team. Parenting is…

40 things to do before I turn 40

I celebrated my 39th birthday last week and now I’m really looking forward to my 40th and the start of a brand new decade. My 20s was about making two big life choices and having my first baby. My 30s was all about having four more babies and having a lot of the assumptions I’d held from my teens and 20s…

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…

Why Children Matter – a review

This book of short essays on aspects of Christian parenting is full of wisdom and encouragement for parents and grandparents. It’s written by Johann Christoph Arnold, a senior pastor at the Bruderhof Communities in the US. There’s no shortage of books and resources available on a plethora of parenting methods, but the father of eight…

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…