Finding Purpose, Meaning and a Virtuous Life
One school holidays I organized a trip to an artificial limb factory to help my children grow in knowledge, compassion, empathy and be thankful for all they have received. I rang to make a booking. The gentleman on the phone politely asked if a family…
The Art of Apologising
I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve apologised. And there is probably many more apologies I should have made but didn’t. And there are probably times I apologised when it wasn’t even my fault – I just got use to saying “sorry”….
I have read many books on parenting over the years and after reading them I often felt inadequate. Things like – Don’t overreact Don’t be overbearing Don’t be irrational Punish without histrionics Always keep your emotions in check Don’t discipline when angry – it scars…
Coping with a death of a child
Throughout our marriage my husband and I have experienced a range of joys and sorrows that allowed us to suffer and to grow on many levels. However, I must say our greatest sorrow was the death of our baby boy, Joseph John. In 1985 I…
Helping out around the home
Chores & jobs for your kids Some people ask me why I had so many children. I always say “…to get all the chores done, of course”! Teach children to work hard at home, at school and at play then they will work hard in life. You can’t…
Teaching the faith
Over the years people have asked, “How did you get all your kids to practice their faith?” I began by explaining how important it was for me to marry someone who was as committed to their faith as I was. My husband’s love for his…
Friendships with your children
After my husband my children are my best friends. I can tell them anything and have shared as much as possible with them as they were growing up. We have laughed and cried together, shared happy and sad times, our hopes, our dreams, disappointments and…
A question I was asked while watching my kid’s footy game
One day standing on the sideline of the rugby field a friend asked me, “Anne, do your kids help out at home? “ “They sure do”, I responded. “Why do you ask?” Well my kids won’t do anything that I ask them. So how do…
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