Category: Parenting

Create a life you don’t need to escape from

A Parent’s Perspective As summer ends, I always get a little bit of that melancholy back-to-school feeling even though it’s years since I set foot in a classroom. By the end of August the days are a bit shorter, many crops have already been harvested and there’s that undeniable hint of autumn in the air. I…

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Young Church

Overturning Roe vs Wade is the result of a nearly 50-year effort committed to a singular outcome – protecting the lives of the unborn human. Without debate, this decision will carry profound political, social, and personal effects regarding pro-life topics throughout our culture, not only in America but indeed here in Ireland. We are already…

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A soapy toothpick meets some pepper flakes

Scientific experiments are an excellent way to learn about the world around you and also allow you to create, imagine, and explore. Although in films scientists are often wearing long white lab coats and are usually surrounded with test-tubes of bubbling liquids, you don’t actually need any of these things to do your own scientific…

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Siblings and their treasured positive influence

A parent´s perspective When you get a late-night phone call from one of your adult children asking “Did you hear what happened?”, the natural reaction is to go into panic mode wondering what disaster has struck. It’s amazing how many worst-case scenarios can be conjured up in a split second and when the next question…

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Pope Francis and the vital role of mothers

A Parent’s Perspective Pope Francis is a great champion of mothers. I’m sure his latest advice brought a smile to many faces. Speaking at a Mass to mark the conclusion of the 10th World Meeting of Families, he urged mothers to stop ironing their sons’ shirts and to encourage them to get married. I don’t…

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A clever consideration of capillary action

Children’s Corner Water can certainly move in mysterious ways. It is paramount to life on earth and humans would certainly not be able to survive without it considering about 60% of our bodies are made up of the liquid! There are hundreds of experiments examining the miracle that is water and how it interacts with…

Faith in the family

It was the middle of May and my oldest daughter had heard me talking about the Sacrament of Confirmation a lot in recent weeks. One day in the car she said to me: “I thought about my own Confirmation. I nearly crashed the car – she had only just made her first Holy Communion last…

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Rebuilding a culture of life

A parent’s perspective I was really excited about the recent launch of the Pray for Life Novena running from May 23-31. An initiative of the Council for Life of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, it was a great opportunity for the people of Ireland and beyond to join in praying for respect for all human…

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