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…

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…

A second week in hours

I’m currently tracking my time to see how I’m spending my 168 hours each week and what I can do to use them a bit better. A few of my Facebook friends are doing this at the same time. You might also like to try it for yourself and see what insights you get from…

Apples and lollipops

This kid. He is the youngest of five and knows very well that his is a privileged position. We both love the days that he’s home from preschool and we hang out together. These are the days he tells me, “Mummy, it’s just you and me and a cup of tea.” He was sick with…

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…

There’s No Such Thing as a Non-Working Parent

Article published recently in The Catholic Weekly.   On my blog recently I referred to ‘non-working parents’ and to a school day I spent at home with my young sons as one of my ‘non-working’ days. But of course, while I had not been in any income-producing employment I had worked a lot on that…

Parenthood, War, and Peace

  After a busy Saturday spent travelling and socialising, last Sunday was what we call a catch-up day in our household. After Mass and morning tea we got to work cooking, doing laundry, sorting out Christmas gifts, and generally tidying up for a couple of hours. The children mostly played or read books and watched…

Living the village life

  My column recently published in The Catholic Weekly. “Do you want to meet up for coffee?” I texted my friend the other day. “I feel like a hermit.” For a week or two which included a couple of small work commitments and two of the kids getting sick, on top of my usual running…

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…

Be a peaceful parent – eat dinner with your family

  Pope Francis has given his ten tops tips for a happy life. Do you know what they are? I think they are great tips for anyone trying to be a more peaceful parent as well. One was to foster a culture of healthy leisure in our families, to play with our children more, and…

When cute little babies grow up (and why I don’t like MasterChef)

Big kids can still be very cute. We’ve just finished week one of our school holidays. The three school kids devoted one whole day to playing MasterChef with play dough. Seriously, a whole day. I couldn’t believe it. You know your kids aren’t babies any more when they don’t even want you to be involved in their game…