Musings: Rites of passage

a marking post on the journey from girl to woman

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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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 […]

Posted on 11 June 2013
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age, Rites of passage
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Guide to Reusable Menstrual Products

Wings or no wings, applicator or super-absorbent, the technology of women’s menstrual products has given us options we didn’t even know we desired. Less well publicised are reusable products that aim to reduce health risks and environmental concerns. By invitation, the wonderful women at have written a guide to reusable menstrual products: Lunapad’s Guide to […]

Posted on 25 May 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Coming of age, Rites of passage
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