Musings: Coming of age

making that always precious, but sometimes tricky transition from girl to woman

New ‘Girls Journeying Together’ group starting in the spring

Every year around May time, I start another of my year-long Girls Journeying Together groups.  A dozen or so 10-12 years olds sit in a circle in my sitting room nervously wondering how we will pass the afternoon. We meet monthly, so they’ll get a sense of what monthly feels like, and we cover all [...]

Posted on 9 May 2014
Musings: Coming of age, Parenting girls
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Catholic confirmation – what makes a rite of passage meaningful?

Recently I had the good fortune to be invited to the confirmation ceremony of a friend of my eldest.  Although I’ve been invited to all manner of coming of age ceremonies (people know that it’s my thing!) I’d not been to a Catholic confirmation before. After the stage had been set: a beautiful building, special [...]

Posted on 31 January 2014
Musings: Coming of age, Rites of passage
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When I’m emotional…. by Zoë Karl

  The world spins around, Endlessly turning, And yet it’s all right there, In your hands. Venturing into the unknown, Your knowledge and wisdom soon expands. I want to shout, I want to scream At even my best friend. But I want their advice and comfort, A relationship that never ends. So muddled, confused, angry, [...]

Posted on 1 August 2013
Musings: Coming of age, Parenting girls
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I hate my periods!

For some time now I have been hearing of girls who are struggling at menarche.  Girls who are incapacitated by cramping, flooding, inconsolable teariness, fiery furies, depression, and who are missing days of school every month.  Was I hearing it more as my work became more widely known or is it getting worse?  I began [...]

Posted on 24 July 2013
Musings: Coming of age, Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers
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Girls’ groups – what’s the point?

“I’m not paying money for my daughter just to hang out with a bunch of girls – she does enough of that already.” Why does it feel fine to spend money on flute lessons, on extra maths, on brownies and ballet, but not on personal development for our children? In life, what is going to [...]

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Posted on 11 June 2013
Musings: Coming of age, Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers, Rites of passage
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