Category Archives: toddlers

Wisdom for a Rejected Parent [Guest]

Welcome back to Jon, who wrote this great Guide to Supporting New Dads. He and his wife Jannine have been married for 14 years, and are currently the pastoral care directors of Living Well Church in Rotorua.  My child doesn’t seem to like me very much at the moment, and I can’t quite understand why.  My plan […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 1: Wisdom at Home

Happy Week 1 of Lent! This is a progress-report type post on our first week of Lent with Kids.  Here is the quick guide to all the Lent posts, and here’s where to start if you’re interested in how we’re celebrating Lent with candles, readings, prayers and art. My spiritual director once pierced me with […]

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Sacraparental Lent with Kids

This is an introductory post to our Lent with Kids series, explaining how and why we’re using candles and a bunch of other things to make Lent meaningful at home. I wrote this several years ago now, and it has become a cornerstone of our family spirituality. Skip to the bottom to see the basic […]

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Bon Voyage: 7 Secrets to Happy Flying with Babies and Toddlers

If you’re planning to fly with littlies soon, let me be the first to say ‘Bon voyage!’ You’re in for a treat. For one thing, you get to visit friends and family (or fabulous wonders) in far-flung places, so that’s awesome. For another, you are doing it without being stuck below-decks for three months on […]

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Hail O Favored One, 2007, Wayne Forte, used with kind permission.

Advent in Art 2013: Expectation

Advent in Art is a project of World Vision New Zealand for the spiritual nurture of staff. Mark Pierson and Alison Squires curate and produce beautiful sets of cards with reproductions of paintings, Scripture readings, questions for reflection and a ritual to perform. This year Advent in Art features the art of Wayne Forte, reproduced […]

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Advent with Toddlers

Happy Advent, everyone! Today is the first Sunday in Advent, the four-ish-week period leading up to Christmas. Today was SBJ’s first appreciation of Advent. He’s almost two, so I wasn’t sure just how much would be appropriate for him, but lots of things surprised me about the day, so I thought I’d give a full […]

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The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #3: Delicious!

Breastfeeding is a team sport. One of the delights of breastfeeding a toddler is how our communication about feeding has developed. SBJ has gone from saying ‘Brr!’ to ‘Bee!’ to ‘Feed!’ Now we’re in the land of full-ish sentences, though the syntax is often, shall we say, idiosyncratic. Tonight, here was our conversation: Me: Honey, […]

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(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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