Feeling COVID tired, our children are feeling too

By |2020-10-23T14:14:11+10:00October 23rd, 2020|Categories: Articles, Parenting|

Are you feeling a bit COVID tired? I am. Our children are feeling it, too. Right now, the world is collectively grieving. Everyone is experiencing some kind of loss. A loss can relate to anything. A loss is defined as a loss of a particular connection to a place, person or object. For some of us,

The Sacredness in Simplicity

By |2020-05-08T14:07:36+10:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Simple is sacred. In an over-performance culture, the greatest gift a parent can give is a sense of belonging and acceptance. Susanne North explores how the simple life supports this sacred mission. Connection is crucial In a world full of uncertainties, anxieties and an over-performance culture of never being good enough, the biggest gifts that

The World on a Forced Sabbatical

By |2020-05-08T13:31:13+10:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has taken a deadly, invisible and microscopic enemy to force the whole world to stop dead in its tracks. Susanne North explores the upside to the world-wide forced sabbatical. A forced sabbatical It became law, overnight, everywhere. It was weird at first. Then, slowly, an almost collective sigh as people were given the permission

Parenting – the Simple Way

By |2019-07-16T15:54:14+10:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , |

In a world full of uncertainties, anxieties and an over-performance culture of never being good enough, the biggest gifts that parents can give to children is a true sense of belonging, hope, courage to dare greatly and the notion that they are ok the way they are. It is our responsibility to teach them the

Discipline with Love

By |2019-04-29T15:05:56+10:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting|

When parents think of ‘discipline’ they are usually thinking in terms of ‘punishment’. But another definition is ‘instruction’. Dr Justin Coulson points out that the meaning of discipline has shifted over time. It comes from the Latin ‘disciplina’ meaning ‘teaching’, and ‘discipulus’ meaning ‘pupil.’ “When we ‘discipline’ our children, we guide, teach and instruct them

Our daily Bread

By |2018-11-16T10:34:37+10:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Articles, FRANKLY, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , |

How sharing dinner is a ritual at the heart of a family’s life. Many of our fondest memories from childhood relate to meals we have enjoyed with our family, such as long Christmas lunches, the weekly roast, or fish and chips on a Friday night. The humble family meal is a powerful daily ritual

Restorative Practices @ Home

By |2020-03-06T09:22:44+10:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

No one puts their feet on the floor each morning with the intention to cause harm to others... write Vic & Liz O’Callaghan. Sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes they go wrong regularly. This can happen anywhere, but it can often happen at home, and it is hard to talk about it. What can we do?

Beyond Fear

By |2018-09-25T12:05:38+10:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Marriage, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |

The fear of an unplanned pregnancy is one of the prevailing realities of modern coupledom. No matter how much we love babies, how much we trust in God’s providence, almost every couple will at some time have tasted the anxiety of possible pregnancy at the wrong time. For some couples, the anxiety may be

Emotional Literacy

By |2018-06-22T11:42:43+10:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Emotional Intelligence is widely recognised as important for human flourishing. It includes: the ability to identify and appropriately express one’s emotions, the ability to manage and self-regulate negative emotions, and the ability to empathise with others’ emotional state. While people will be gifted to different degrees with Emotional Intelligence (EQ), like all intelligences, we can

Love Language Gifts

By |2018-04-26T05:47:10+10:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Marriage, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Developed by Gary Chapman, the Five Love Languages, is a simple framework that can teach us how to love more effectively. The theory is simple and powerful. Love is like a language. People ‘speak’ love in different ways, some through words of affirmation, others through thoughtful gifts, acts of service, quality time or touch.