Tag Archives: Puberty rites

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: Coming of age, Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers, Rites of passage
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Puberty Rites – marking an important transition

When parents contact me for guidance on organising a puberty rite of passage for their child I always start by asking what they hope to gain from such an event.  Their answers help us to design the ceremony and celebration: “I want to make a fuss of her.  It’s a difficult stage of life and [...]

Posted on 10 April 2013
Musings: Coming of age, Parenting girls, Rites of passage
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Celebrate her Coming of Age

Want to do something to celebrate the specialness of your daughter’s coming of age – but not sure what or how? Want to mark the occasion of her first bleed – but feel certain that she’d sooner not? Not sure how to introduce the idea of a puberty rite to your daughter (or son)? Well [...]

Posted on 9 October 2012
Musings: Coming of age, Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers, Rites of passage
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Twilight Girls

What teenage girl doesn’t want to be loved like Bella is loved? – adored by two gorgeous men, to the exclusion of all others, unto the death. (Actually there’s quite a few women who’d go for that kinda lovin’ too.) Twilight idealises – as all good fairytales do – but is this dangerous?  We know [...]

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Posted on 24 March 2012
Musings: Coming of age, Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers, Rites of passage
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