Blast from the past

Blast from the past   As I looked at my teenage daughter, with a mix of despair and pride, I quickly realised she is a lot like I was as a teenager. Except she has the confidence to be in your face about who she is and how she is.

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THE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH: Please help me God…

I have spent much time cultivating this loving, caring, open relationship with my children. I have let them know, repeatedly, that they could tell me anything. Unlike my own mother, I smugly mused, I would be approachable and responsive. And how do my children reward me: they tell me the

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Why are we getting a dog?

  I’m not sure how it happened, but we’re getting a dog.  My 14-year-old son has been campaigning for months for a canine familiar. I found it very hard to believe that this boy, his preferred location his bedroom, curtains shut even in summer, attention focused firmly on PC (mainly

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My Son had Malignant Melanoma

I wanted to write a blog to raise awareness on my sons condition, he is just 16 and had a mole that went horribly wrong, when I say that, I mean he picked it!!!! By the time he had it removed it had turned into metastatic malignant melanoma (it means

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week 11-17 February 2013

I would love to hear from anyone about how this week could be used to raise awareness. Does your school /youth group etc know about it ? Would you like to help advertise this fact. If you are a parent or a teenager who has had experience of eating disorders

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How do we stop our children eating sugary food

a comment has been posted about avoiding sugary foods. This isnt an easy one to solve but we should look at our own eating habits to see what message we are passing onto our children. If they see us having sugar as a Treat food then that is what they

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Talking about feelings

Guilt, shame, anger, envy, sadness, fear, loneliness….  etc etc these are all feelings or emotions. Do we talk about these with our children. do they know that it is ok to have feelings. Maybe the feelings are telling us something. Do we know what to do with them? What should we

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Self Harming

According to latest research more teenagers than ever are reporting to A & e with eating disorders or self harming ? Why is this.? are teenagers under more stress than ever and do they know how to deal with stress safely. Is it ok to feel inadequate or under pressure.

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Legal highs and club drugs and what you need to know

Last week the Crime Survey for England and Wales announced some astonishing new statistics: that drug use amongst 16-24 year olds is in decline, with only one in five using an illicit drug last year; and cannabis use halving since 1998. Also last week we heard of the death of

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Lady Gagas Body foundation

Did anyone read about this. She has put a few pounds on and has put pictures of herself online to show how she is happy with her weight. A great example of a celebrity bucking the trend of skinny is best. As she has 30 million tweet followers she reaches

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