Bullying: What can parents do?

Bullying. Nothing’s worse than learning that your child is being bullied. What can we as parents do to prevent it? How can you support your kid, especially as when they get older the levels of peril they face and the ways in which they handle them can result in serious harm?

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  • Stop & Search is a massive fear for some parents

Stop & Search is a massive fear for some parents

At around 10 years of age our kids present us with a question most parents dread. “When can I go out to the shops on my own?” But what I’ve found since starting this website three years ago, is that for some parents it’s more scary than for others. For non-white

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  • More twaddle talked about anorexia

More twaddle talked about anorexia

I was so narked to pick up the Sunday Times this morning, to see a well respected broadcaster being quoted as saying that anorexia in young people is about narcissism or self love. What a load of twaddle. So many people would love for that to be the case as

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Is This Depressing?

Is This Depressing?

Recently, I’ve realized my daughter isn’t quite the same. Her enthusiasm for things just isn’t there. For a while, I blamed teenage angst. Right? I mean all teens go through that. In fact, that tends to lead into their twenties, really. Stupid teenagers. But… something continued to nag at me.

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On the threshold of teens – with ADHD

My son isn’t quite a teen yet. He’s on the threshold of it according to his age – at eleven I suppose some would say he’s a pre-teen. His strong will makes it feel like he’s older than that sometimes! The last few years I’ve been working at a distance

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  • Cervical Cancer risks: Tell your daughter

Cervical Cancer risks: Tell your daughter

Many health services, including the UK and Ireland’s, refuse women under the age of 25 the right to  a cervical smear test. A 24 year old woman, Heather Keating, who was showing signs of cervical cancer was recently told to come back when she was 25 by her GP in

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The Most Precious Gift

The Most Precious Gift

You know when friends invite you to their kid’s birthday party, but you don’t really know the kids and you’re not sure what to get them? Awkward, right? So, how awkward is it when you get to that point with your own kid? The fact is, I barely see my

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  • Our kids might never know a David Bowie

Our kids might never know a David Bowie

My poor son. It was his 14th birthday on Monday, and as I served him these bad boy pancakes for his birthday, I was also weeping as the radio news announced that David Bowie had died of cancer. Apart from one or two tracks that I love, and Bowie’s little known

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Are we damaging our kids’ academic results?

Are we damaging our kids’ academic results?

As our kids get older, the exams they take and their academic performance can determine their whole life outcomes. That’s scary. But new research shows that wanting them to do too well can actually have the opposite effect, and make them do badly. Research published by the American Psychological Association

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A Change In Holidays

We tell our kids that the holidays are about spending time with family. But, at the end of the day, don’t we focus we more on the traditions the holidays have assigned to them, than the actual time spent together? This actually changes. When are children are away for months

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