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How to talk about sex with your kids

Talking sex

“MUM, Dad, where do babies come from?”  “Mum, Dad, what does sex mean?” The questions most parents are afraid to hear. But they will inevitably come in some shape or form.  Here are five top tips on how to talk to your kids about this amazing and important topic. 1. ... Read More »

Parenting Q&A: How do I keep my children off their smart phones?

Kids on phones

SMART phones are pervading family homes but how do you limit your child’s access to the technology?  Catholic dad Peter Pellicaan answers.  Research by Maidstone Consulting and Empowered Communications revealed that 10-year-olds in Australia spend an average of 14.7 hours a week on smartphones and for 17 year olds, the ... Read More »

Why it’s ok to be a young Mum

BEING a “young mum” was never something I really thought about. I met my husband, fell in love, got married and had my first child just after my twenty-first birthday. My third child was born just before I turned 26. They were the days where all the mums were having ... Read More »

Helping children to pray

Centre for children

MOTHERS in Bundaberg have welcomed new faces into the community’s first catechesis centre for children. Known as The Atrium of the Good Shepherd, which uses principles from educator Maria Montessori, the mothers will work together to foster the spiritual and physical needs of children in the parish. We asked the ... Read More »

Helping children to pray

Training children

MOTHERS at a parish in Bundaberg have welcomed new faces into the community’s first catechesis centre for children this week. Known as The Atrium of the Good Shepherd, which uses principles from educator Maria Montessori, the mothers will work together to foster the spiritual and physical needs of children in ... Read More »

Striving for peace and joy in the family

Families

  THE Catholic faith, with its richness of tradition and understanding of the scriptures, is a great resource to pass on to our children. I’ve come to realise the best opportunity to pass on the faith to our children is seizing small teachable moments in our everyday life. I had ... Read More »

Becoming a Dad

Little sacrifices

A whole new sense of purpose in life By Peter Pellicaan  MY oldest son was born four years ago in the emergency room at the end of 23 hours of labour. We were shocked, exhausted, traumatised, relieved, joyful and emotional – parenting had begun. Though you have nine months’ notice, ... Read More »

Love overcomes FOMO

By Byron and Francine Pirola IN our previous column, we talked about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and the harm it does to relationships, especially among young adults who can so easily be diverted from pursuing enduring values and life ambitions by the fear that their peers are having more ... Read More »

Being Christ to our kids

By Carrie McCormack In early June, Pope Francis spoke of the important role of parenting as an educational mission. He said: “Today we consider the vocation of families to educate their children, to raise them in the profound human values which are the backbone of a healthy society.” “This educational ... Read More »

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