Category: Parenting

Protecting family time in an age of digital disruption

WMOF2018 Brenda Drumm   As we continue with our preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018, parishes will shortly be offering the first of six parish sessions as part of our Amoris: Let’s Talk Family, Let’s be Family programme.  The first theme that parishes will be looking at is ‘The Reality of Family Life…

Family News and Events

Kilkenny church is a major attraction Would-be historians in the family aren’t the only ones likely to be thrilled by a visit to the former St Mary’s Church in Kilkenny. Now the ultra-modern Medieval Mile Museum, the 13th-Century former church is Kilkenney’s newest visitor attraction, packed with medieval artefacts and treasures, and the starting point…

Dad’s Diary

“Mummy’s always vomiting,” my three-year-old daughter told her preschool teacher merrily, “vomit, vomit, vomit, all day long”.  “Oh, is she now?” said her teacher, with a smile and a knowing glance in my direction. The teacher had surmised correctly; there was indeed a baby on the way. However, we didn’t want to tell the children…

Family News and Events

Family-friendly museum events Though the holidays are over, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering more occasions for the whole family to have fun and be inventive together. The drop-in session ‘Tearing through nature’ on January 14 from 11.30-3.30 is a creative workshop inspired by Turner’s landscapes, where you can create your own dramatic landscapes…

Faith in the Family

My children say that I have a ‘brass neck’. They are right in so far as I do believe it pays to take a chance, to ask that vital question, to push the boundaries. However, I would prefer if they would describe me as audacious rather than as having a brass neck! I looked up…

New year, new me

Every January, I have great plans for how wonderful the year ahead is going to be. They usually involve a multitude of new projects that encompass all sorts of areas and include the whole family. One year, I made out a detailed list about how all aspects of a person’s life need to be attended…

Dad’s Diary

Time is our most precious commodity. As we get older, the years pass by like days. Suddenly, it’s 2018 – which is strange, since just yesterday it was 2008, or 1998 or perhaps even 1968 – depending on how long you’ve been around. For us adults, time passes quickly, and we don’t change dramatically from…

Faith in the Family

Looking at our own four, who now range in age from 17 to 23, I have always felt that Faith has been a positive, strengthening influence in their lives. From the beginning we wanted to raise our children as people of Faith and have made that one of the priorities in our life as a…

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 Christmas

Children’s Corner   By now the Christmas Day festivities of exchanging presents, singing hymns and gorging on mince pies will be over, and family and visiting friends will be enjoying relaxing and being entertained, especially if children are the ones performing. From dancing and singing to acting and playing an instrument, parents, aunties and uncles…

Faith in the Family

For weeks now, before Advent even started, I have found myself drawn to the image of John the Baptist. Now here he is, in our readings for the Second and Third Sundays of Advent. John, with his strange ways and his tendency to speak out, whether or not people welcome his message. John is driven…