Tag Archives: rites of passage

Not ready for big school?

It is the last day of term and for most eleven year olds it is the last day of primary school. Next September – big school!  It is presented as a big-new-exciting-thing, as often new things are to children.  But actually, for many the change is daunting and not terribly welcome. Even though it may […]






Posted on 20 July 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age, Rites of passage
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Good Endings

I don’t need happy endings but I do like good ones. We know we need to say goodbye to our loved ones when they die – with a funeral, or wake, or in some other quiet, personal way.  We have all manner of ways to sign off in our written communications – ‘Yours sincerely’, ‘Kind […]






Posted on 21 May 2012
Musings: Parenting girls, 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 […]






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