Category: Parenting

Getting a good grounding with parachutes

Children’s Corner Not many people have had the opportunity to majestically descend through the air at jaw-dropping heights with a parachute. It certainly isn’t for someone with a fear of heights! It can be defined as a device that slows the vertical descent of something falling through the atmosphere. Reports of parachutes date back to…

Faith in the Family

Christina Malone As I tried to be creative while working from home my daughter comes running inside and tells me that she has no homework today, but that she has to learn prayers (she knew already) for her First Confession. It is March and my three children (nine, seven and four ) are finally back…

Dad’s Diary

A friend sent on an old picture from our village when I was a boy. When a picture from your childhood looks like something from another world, you know you’re getting older. Although my childhood took place not too long ago, in the 1980s, I do remember Ireland as being a very different country back then.…

Faith in the Family

“Ah sure we will make a video, a bit of storytelling and poetry, some music and song, telling the story of Colmcille” says I. Well naivety is a wonderful thing! If I had any notion of what I was taking on I wouldn’t have done it but here we are now with an hour long…

Steering children from the seven deadly sins

A Parent’s Perspective One of my childhood Catholic children’s books, The Seven Deadly Sins, always attracted my interest with its dramatic depictions of errant children. There was Eileen who was envious, Clare the covetous and a range of other boys and girls who had failed in one area or another. I remember feeling a bit…

Living it up with a homemade lava lamp

Children’s Corner The pandemic has been a stressful time with everyone not being able to socialise or go to school for so long. Despite Ireland beginning to reopen, it can be tough to get back to normal life. Why not make something that helps people relax? Lava lamps are undoubtedly satisfying to observe, there’s something…

Faith in the Family

We are standing in a liminal space, an in-between space, how things were and how things may be in the future. Over the past year we have been unmoored, disconnected from our usual routines and while there has been an experience of loss there has also for many been an experience of gift, of being…

Dad’s Diary

Like many parents, thanks to the lockdown, I’ve been moonlighting as a hairdresser. With the actual hairdressers being closed these last months, we’ve had no choice but to take matters into our own hands. My wife even ordered a proper hairdressers’ scissors and combs online, to give us an undeserved air of professionalism. With these…

Faith in the Family

It is probably the dread of every Catholic parent that some day their child will say: “I do not believe what you believe.” As a result, we may be reluctant to get into conversations about faith because at some level we feel it is better not to enquire too deeply, to open up too challenging…