Parenting
  • The first cut: What can you do?

The first cut: What can you do?

Self harm through cutting is a common and growing phenomenon. Having spoken to parents, a post-‘cutter’ teenage girl and others, I want to share what I’m hearing. Please share this and your experiences. How you’ll feel: Cutting is horrifying for parents, and we don’t have much experience of it from our

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  • Five rules for every Box set lover

Five rules for every Box set lover

OK, admit it. When your kids were young, you worried that they watched too much TV. But is it possible that us parents are now watching just a tad too much of our favourite Box sets? I confess that my other half and I are half way through The Good Wife.

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Let’s Take the Parent Out of Parenting

Let’s Take the Parent Out of Parenting

There’s a video stumbling around the Facebooks recently encouraging the teaching of Life Skills in school. It lays down statistics that 30% of college kids can’t boil an egg. My college kid CAN boil an egg. The paleo friendly cacao and almond butter cups in the freezer tell me cooking

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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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  • 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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  • Feeding teenagers | How to grow a tall man

Feeding teenagers | How to grow a tall man

Feeding teenage boys lots of calories can help you to grow a tall man – genetics permitting. Getting food right for boys can affect their height. My youngest kid is 13 and has taken up football. Some parents have asked me: “How comes he’s so tall – are there giants in

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When Your Kid Leaves Home

When Your Kid Leaves Home

When you’re used to having your kids around all the time and suddenly they’re living at college, it’s a huge change for both kids and their parents. I joked recently about all the positives about your kids going off to school – though some of them weren’t really jokes. Most

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The Results Are In

The Results Are In

Nothing makes your heart been faster than those five magic words… I got my test back. This is the make-it or break-it time of the day. Good grade = good night. Bad grade = moody and frustrated, maybe some self-deprication, possibly some yelling, and most assuredly the end of time

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  • Should I get my kid a card? Valentine’s Day and how to get your kid through

Should I get my kid a card? Valentine’s Day and how to get your kid through

Parenting wisdom for Valentine’s Day 1) Thinking of getting your kid a Valentine’s card just in case? Resist! Resist! Resist!  If they find out, they’ll throw furniture across the room or sulk for a week 2) Show them that you care in a different way 3) Start by sharing your

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