With parents in mind

Is it safe to be honest?

Teenagers will tend to be deceitful and dishonest when they know they will be criticised, lectured and argued with. As adults, are we inclined to open […]

Helping your children to develop the virtue of honesty

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Why do children lie? There are many reasons, here are a few. Parenting expert Dr Laura […]

Saintliness with work well done

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant We are halfway through the August holidays. How many times have your kids washed your car, […]

Finding Church in the new normal

By Fr Robert Christo, Parish Priest, St Dominic’s RC, Penal and Vicar for Communications The Lord’s presence dwells in real and concrete families, with all their […]

Divine parenting support – the best gift to a child

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant If children learn what they live, then what should they learn to live and be conscientious, […]

Exam time? Exercise faith not fear

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Exams are upon us. Our children are about to finally sit the long-awaited SEA, CSEC and […]

Dads have needs too!

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Fathers are requested to do this, that, and the next thing. Their children need them to […]

What example are you setting in faith, hope and trust?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Uncertainty in our lives continues. Will our children perform as well when SEA, CXC and CAPE […]

Drugs, alcohol, vaping, and teenagers

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Imagine your teenager feeling comfortable enough to tell you that they tried smoking marijuana and what […]

Celebrate yourself – this is Supermom’s day!

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant The village that helps us raise our children was shut down eight weeks ago. We lost […]

Stumbling? Falling? Let’s rise again

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant We’ve tried to maintain control while isolating. We’ve tried setting up new routines for ourselves and […]

Peace of mind and in our families: Is it a choice?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant A famous physician, Dr Viktor Frankl found happiness in Auschwitz because he spent his four years […]

Conscience? What Conscience?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant “Let your conscience be your guide” said Geppetto, in the old classic Disney movie Pinocchio. How […]

No meat, No ice cream, less screen time? Or the virtue of temperance?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant   Lent is here. In many Catholic households’ conversations are taking place about who is giving […]

Do our words build or sting?

The classroom gossip. The boy who never has a kind word to say about anyone. The girl no-one trusts because she repeats everything she hears. If […]

Are we inspiring or stifling our children’s learning?

Carol Dweck’s book Mindset is gaining popularity by the day around the world in business, education and academia. For us and our children to thrive, we […]

How a parent’s words can shape their children’s adult relationships

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Parents are their children’s first teachers. They have a power with words that is unsurpassable. The […]

Running on ‘E’ for Empathy

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant What sort of response do you like to receive from your significant other when you share […]

Getting your teen to do their chores

My previous article (‘Are teens really disobedient’, CN October 27) explained what is taking place in the teenaged brain as well as what is happening with […]

Are teens really disobedient?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Neurons in the brains of teens go through a process of major pruning during adolescence. They […]

Extra-curricular activities: How much is too much?

Are we being too eager to see our children blossom? Are we adamant that they get exposed to a wide variety of sports and activities to […]

Who are our children’s friends?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Our children are in new schools, classes and activities and one of their primary needs is […]

How to keep our children safe

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant I am sure we all agree that there are many threats to our children’s safety. When […]

Helping form praying children into praying adults

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant We say bedtime prayers with our children, we go to church and they go to Catholic […]

Vacay time is family bonding time NOT more screen time

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. It’s vacation time. Have we gradually slipped into the habit of allowing our children and ourselves […]

Parenting from a healed inner place

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. Q: When I talk to my children, I say the same things my mother told me. […]

The impact of home life on a child’s education

A commentary by Cuthbert Sandy My teacher education in the years 1976–1978 at Corinth Teachers’ College still serves me in good stead, notwithstanding from that time […]

Exam results? It’s all about perspective

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. Q: Sophie, what do I do with a child worried over their exam results? SEA results […]

If we want courageous adults, we have to raise courageous children

Edited version of an article first published by Aleteia. All parents want what’s best for their children. That may include sending them to the best schools, […]

Fathers as co-Creators

Q: I’m a young father of two. How can I form my children to live in our world today? I surprised a friend recently when I […]