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: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age, 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 […]

Posted on 24 March 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age, Rites of passage
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Why make a fuss of puberty?

We enjoy making a fuss over the arrival of a new baby, and many people like to do something special to celebrate their intention to join their lives together, and we expect to gather for some sort of farewell when somebody dies.  Birth, death, marriage – these are all major life changes and even when […]

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Posted on 4 March 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age, Rites of passage
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