Category Archives: communicating with kids

(Hopefully Not) Passing on Rape Culture

[Trigger warning: if you have experienced sexual assault, please just be aware that rape and rape culture are discussed in this post. Many of the links similarly lead to pages that need a trigger warning.] Sad, sickened, shocked, triggered, appalled, horrified, not-actually-that-surprised. Most New Zealanders could tick most of those boxes this week as our […]

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Advent in Art 2013: Shall We?

    Probably my favourite season of the church year is coming up soon. Advent, the four weeks before Christmas where we prepare ourselves for celebrating Jesus’ arrival in our world. There’s lots to like about Advent (even if you don’t have calendars filled with chocolate). It’s not often we engage deeply in old-fashioned anticipation, […]

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God, Kids and Parents: Myk and Liam [Guest]

Welcome back to Dr Myk Habets from Carey Baptist College! In his earlier guest post on praying with his kids, Myk (pronounced ‘Mike’) talked about how he uses names for all three persons of the Trinity when he prays with his little daughter. In this update, written a year or so later, in 2011, for […]

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God, Kids and Parents: My Eighty-Two Cents

In case you missed the biggest news of the (/my) blogosphere last week, I have a guest post up at the glorious Lulastic and the Hippyshake. It’s an exciting week for this fangirl! She’s running a brilliant series of guest posts, How to be a ______ Parent, and she asked me to do ‘How to […]

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Magic Words #3: ‘I love to watch you play’

At the risk of cheating in this series by pretty much stealing everyone else’s magic word… here’s the next instalment. Six words you should say today, from Rachel Macy Stafford in the Huffington Post: Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with […]

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God, Kids and Parents: Myk and Sydney [Guest]

Dr Myk Habets is a theologian at Carey Baptist College, where I studied for four years. He’s pretty flash! As well as lecturing in systematic theology, hermeneutics and ethics, he’s head of the newish Carey Graduate School and Director of the RJ Thompson Centre for Theological Studies. He’s also a husband and father, and a […]

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TItian, Venus, an organist and a little dog | HOPEFULLY NOT PASSING ON BODY HATRED More good stuff on body image here too. | Sacraparental.com

(Hopefully Not) Passing on Body Hatred

    Is it fair to say we all want our kids to have better, healthier, happier feelings about their bodies than we have about ours? How can we avoid passing on our own insecurities? Alex linked recently to this bawl-inducing letter Kasey Edwards writes to her mother in ‘Passing on Body Hatred,’ excerpted from […]

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I’m Not Bossy, I Just Have Better Ideas

Is ‘bossy’ a sexist term? When did you last hear a boy or man get called ‘bossy’? Thomas (father of a wonderful little girl) put me onto this article by Kathleen Deveny which argues that: We ask girls to walk a fine line between being strong and being likable. It’s a line we typically allow […]

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