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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End of school, end of an era…

Is your daughter coming towards the end of her school days? It can be time of mixed feelings, when tests and exams are over and she just has a few days left at school.  You can help by marking the change in some way. Perhaps she is moving from junior school to senior school.  Or […]






Posted on 10 July 2013
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, 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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