If there are days when you need a wee moment of hilarity or transcendence to break the deadline/teething/flumpy/grumpy/toilet-training/missed-the-bus circuit, read on. Our last YouTube Party post was a great success, thanks! Muppet clips, new and old, tucked away for a gale-force wind day. Today we go back to nature. The kind of nature where you […]
Category Archives: kids
The Girls-Can-Do-Anything 1980s seem to have melted into the Girls-Can-Be-Princesses 2010s. Is there any other costume option for girls in kids’ media? Pop culture has become a morass for parents of little girls. You have to sidestep sexualised clothing for 6-year-olds and billboards of unusually skinny women in their knickers before you even get to questions of […]
Fresh for the new month, I’ve written a wee round-up of creative, physical prayer ideas for kids at Kiwi Families, where I write an occasional column on families and spirituality. Also, as a bonus, you get to see me brag about this cool thing I made for our nephew’s christening. I am awesome!
SBJ is nine months old. It’s the best age! The first thing he does when he wakes up in bed with us is smile at us. Then start climbing the headboard to try and reach the forbidden wall sockets. Then properly open his eyes. When we say ‘Come into the bathroom!’ he’s so excited about […]
This xkcd.com cartoon made me feel a wee bit guilty as I recognised my annoying self. As Angela said recently on Facebook, we don’t tend to do dvds with SBJ, but we do do YouTube sometimes, particularly in moments of desperation (read: teething hysteria at 3am). Recommendations of awesome clips are therefore welcome. If you’re […]
I was a feminist before I knew the word. The eldest of three daughters, a child of the Girls Can Do Anything! eighties, brought up by strong, thoughtful, culture-critical parents, I was never going to be keen on the patriarchy. When I was a kid and asked my Mum why she was at home and […]
My congregation got smaller last year. I began 2011 working fulltime as the pastor of West Baptist Church in New Plymouth, a place of shelter, faith and laughter, where I was responsible for a lovely, diverse community of people aiming to make a difference in a challenging part of town. It was my job to […]