Category: Parenting

Dad’s Diary

Irish people are not usually designed for the sunshine. In fact, the stereotypically Irish fair skin evolved so as to enable people to manufacture vitamin D under the murky grey skies of northern Europe. It’s therefore quite a shock to the system when Ireland, without warning, becomes a tropical paradise. We become fish out of…

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Faith in the Family

Christina Malone Three weeks ago, we finally got to celebrate Grace’s First Confession. A week before the clothes were picked and laid out on her bed every day. The excitement was unreal. Grace asked me if I remembered my First Confession. Yes, of course I do. I was about eight years of age and like…

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A misguided rush for romance but not friendship

A Parent’s Perspective I love the C.S. Lewis quote about friendship: “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” In his book The Four Loves, he examines the four types of human love-affection, friendship (philia), romantic/sexual desire (eros) and charity/God’s…

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Dad’s Diary

“I really love you dad.” Such words, when so sincerely spoken, by such a small girl, would melt the hardest heart. Her follow-on phrase, however, led me to better understand the proximate cause of this profound outburst of affection, “I also really love your chocolate,” she said, in a pointed reference to the piece of chocolate I’d…

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A better way to blow up balloons

Children’s Corner Chemical reactions make for some great experiments. There is nothing wrong with conducting experiments which do not seem to have any immediate practical, real world benefit. However, sometimes we discover things that can make our lives just a bit easier. Perhaps you are tired of blowing up balloons before a party (hopefully there…

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Faith in the Family

Christina Malone Last year my children and I started reading the children’s Bible (again). We made our way from Adam and Eve to Moses, Noah, Ruth, Daniel and many others. Moses was the one that sparked endless discussions and questions for days after. My girls were astounded that he built a tabernacle big enough that…

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Dad’s Diary

In early summer, the Irish countryside takes on the qualities of Eden – except without the serpents. Lush green foliage bursts forth, unrestrained, all around us. As midsummer’s warmth seeps into the soil, ferns and tall grasses sway, while wildflowers glimmer in the hedgerows. The songs of busy birds, the buzzing of bees, and the…

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Faith in the Family

Christina Malone The week after Easter I met with some of my work colleagues to record a video for children who are preparing for the sacraments. As we wished each other a happy Easter, I mentioned this Easter had been different. Normally I feel like I am part of the story. From welcoming Jesus in…

Planning summer holidays with God in heart

A Parent’s Perspective I found an old book on the bookshelf recently that had been a present from my mother to my two eldest sons. In the inside of the publication, Yes! The Life of Blessed Josemaría for Young Readers, I discovered a lovely inscription. It said “To Adam and David, with love from Grandma…

Dad’s Diary

Some friends kindly left us look after their cottage on an island off west Cork during the past month. Each Friday, we packed the kids into the car straight after school and rushed westward to catch the ferry. As soon as we stepped ashore on the island, we entered into another world, where time goes…