Parenting Teens
It’s over too quickly! But you don’t know it at the time

It’s over too quickly! But you don’t know it at the time

If you have little kids, it seems like forever that you’ll again enjoy a lie-in, a quiet meal with nothing spilled or thrown, or a week day evening without driving someone to Scouts, Brownies or Karate where while you’re waiting you try your luck with vending machines and making small talk with

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  • 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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  • 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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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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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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Role Models Don’t Quit

Role Models Don’t Quit

A couple months ago, I talked about how your kids leaving home isn’t that bad. In that post, we talked about staying busy. We talked about following some before-I-die dream. We also talked about the idea of this gaping hole that is created when your kid leaves home. The reality

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