Category Archives: community

Redeeming Birthday Parties #1

One of the birthday constants in my family growing up was Dad writing a poem – usually rhyming couplets, but sometimes a haiku – in each birthday card. I wish I had kept more of them. You can tell families apart by how they celebrate birthdays. What’s important in your household? Must there be presents? […]

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Talking about Baby Loss: Stephanie’s Story [Guest]

A warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to Stephanie, a Dunedin mother, lawyer and regular commenter here, who is generously telling some of her story of baby loss today. She is available to talk further in the comments, so do feel free to ask questions and share your experiences. I always feel uncomfortable when a stranger […]

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Education and Schooling #11: Unschooling, Schooling and Socialisation

If you had a six-year-old child, and institutional schooling had never existed, how would you go about preparing them for adult life? In the next few posts on unschooling, I want to tease out a few different issues and discuss them separately. Today it’s the different social experiences schooled and unschooled (or homeschooled) kids have. […]

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When the State Breaks Up Families

I had a nightmare recently, where my husband and I were both sent to prison – separate prisons. I don’t remember what we were convicted of or whether we’d done it. I just remember the horror of realising that our punishment was the break-up of our family. How appalling. I did a criminology paper at […]

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Pentecost resources for everyone! And a Fresco by Andrea di Bonaiuto (sometimes called Andrea da Firenze), photograph, Ben Miller | Sacraparental.com

Pentecost Is, Like, For Everyone

Lord, Holy Spirit, You blow like the wind in a thousand paddocks, Inside and outside the fences, You blow where you wish to blow. A superawesome cartoon activity sheet and a poem from a wild, long-haired Catholic pilgrim, James K Baxter. That’s something for everyone, right? I’ll even throw in a link to some flax […]

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In search of a better mother's day | Sacraparental.com

In Search of a Better Mother’s Day

This is a slightly updated version of an earlier post on Mother’s Day – back when I thought it should be spelt ‘Mothers’ Day’. I’ve changed my mind, so here’s the new version, complete with a swan pic Mother’s Day: a day for great ambivalence. I’m not from a big Mother’s-Day-celebrating family, and neither is […]

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