Category: Parenting

Faith in the Family

Advent, Advent ein lichtlein brennt… is a famous German saying, meaning “Advent, Advent a light is burning…” I used to love this time of the year, Advent, as a child but even more now as an adult because I learnt to appreciate the memories my parents created. The traditions around Advent are so wonderful. From…

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Dad’s Diary

Children have a remarkable instinct to put things where they don’t belong. They do this with amazing industriousness. Parents may spend hours tidying their home but, within mere moments, kids can transform a once-tidy house into a scene of total destruction. As I look around the place now, out in the garden I can see…

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Faith in Family

Do you remember Summer 2018? Ed Sheeran came to Ireland and played ‘Galway girl’ to hundreds of thousands of people (including me) in a series of concerts. In Cork the English Market celebrated its 230th birthday. Storm Emma hit Ireland in early 2018 and during the summer Storm Hector left many households without power. In…

Dad’s Diary

It is the most natural thing in the world for parents to want to pass on their values and way of life to their children. This is how cultures survive. Yet in Ireland, what was once the traditional way of life is in danger of disappearing. The beliefs which underpinned the traditional Irish way of…

Have a ball of a time exploring energy

Children’s Corner Energy is constantly changing forms and transferring between objects. There are many forms of energy, a few science whizzes may have heard of what is known as the law of conservation of energy: “Energy can neither be created nor destroyed – only converted from one form of energy to another.” Why don’t we…

Faith in the Family

Gerard Gallagher By the time we get to October many of our conversations cite how tired we are of the routines of life. Some people look forward to mid-term. Others just want to survive till the Bank Holiday. As we all begin to reconnect with the new normal in a life with less restrictions, it…

Dad’s Diary

The other day, I awoke early and checked the time. For one strange half-awake moment, the second hand on my watch seemed to be moving unnaturally fast. It soon settled to its normal pace. This odd temporal misperception seemed like a warning of the speed at which time is passing by. The parents of small…

A forced silence bears fruit

A Parent’s Perspective I was suffering from laryngitis recently and needed to rest my voice for a few days to give my vocal cords a break. It was an unusual occurrence for me which I found quite challenging. In my family, we’re all very talkative and love to chat at length about every topic under the…