Category: Parenting

Dad’s Diary

I was working at home when the call came. A shake in the teacher’s voice told me that this was no ordinary playground fall. She said my son had fallen badly while playing football and that “he couldn’t see afterwards” and was complaining of headaches, as well as cuts to his arms and legs. I drove…

Faith in the Family

Here we are in a bright brand-new year, weeks on from the shortest day and yet the reality is, January is often a dark month. It is appropriate then that a group of us in the parish are preparing the Service of Light for our Confirmation families. It is good to light the darkness, carrying…

Dad’s Diary

I pulled in to the airport drop-off zone with some trepidation. My wife was travelling overseas for an important course. This meant that our breastfed baby had to travel with her too. For nine whole days, I would be alone at home with the three bigger kids. The oldest two would be fine. They would…

Avoid the cold weather and make your own DIY snow

Children’s Corner Snow is like marmite; you either love it or hate it. However, most kids probably fall into the former category. The opportunity to throw snowballs, make a snowman and sledge down a hill is one that few children would voluntarily miss. Playing in the snow is a wonderful chance for family bonding and…

Making Christmas message priority for children

A Parent’s Perspective Our family often attend Mass in the Dominican Priory of St Eustace in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Following the example of St Dominic, the Dominicans seek to impart the truth to people who are living in a time of radically changed circumstances, an ancient Gospel truth that is forever fresh and relevant to…

Dad’s Diary

Christmas looms large in children’s minds. It is for them a time when the mundane is transformed into the glittering and magical. The Christmas lights strewn across the land are a collective rebellion against the darkness in these, the very darkest days of the year. Since the end of November, during every night-time car journey,…

Faith in the Family

It echoes through the first Reading, the Acclamation and the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent – Emmanuel, God with us. In the Gospel for the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve we are reminded that Jesus is embedded in history. We are given, as my father used to say, the “seed, breed and generation”…

Faith in the Family

Advent feels like a good time to be thinking about parenting. We are conscious of Mary and Joseph – parents to be – their expectation, their anxiety, the advice coming from all sides, the whispers in the background about Mary’s pregnancy, the prospect of a long journey with Mary heavily pregnant. As well as being…

Damaging effects of Pornography

A Parent’s Perspective   I have a daughter who is 13 years old, a year younger than Ana Kriegel was when she was cruelly murdered. The early teenage years should be lovely, carefree happy years, those precious years between childhood and adulthood. My mother used to love an old Val Doonican song titled ‘The Special…