Parenting Teens
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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Becoming THAT Parent

Becoming THAT Parent

I made a deal with my daughter when I bought her a car. SHE was responsible for everything. So, when I was borrowing her car and realized the registration was out of date, I didn’t quite handle it smoothly. Back Up A Tick Raising her, I was very adamant that

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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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  • Should we criminalise kids for sexting?

Should we criminalise kids for sexting?

A case hit the news last week about a 14 year old boy in the UK who sent a naked photograph of himself to a girl at school. The girl captured the photo and distributed it around her school. Teachers got wind of it, and called the police. The boy

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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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  • Parenting Teens: Go the F*** to Sleep

Parenting Teens: Go the F*** to Sleep

Recently I was reminded of a brilliant book, which, while shining a light of one of the most irritating parts of early-years parenting, currently resonates with me as the parent of a 17 year old.  Go The F**k to Sleep written by Adam Mansbach, is a children’s book for adults

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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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  • Parenting Teens?  I’m making it up as I go along

Parenting Teens? I’m making it up as I go along

Hello, my name is Rachel. I live in Bedfordshire and I am the mother of a seventeen year old.  There are days when I have no idea how that happened.  I think I blinked and missed it. If I ever meet Dr Miriam Stoppard she and I will have words

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The indignity of it all

When you have kids, things you would never previously have entertained as being something that a decent human being should have to tolerate on a daily basis become par for the course, endlessly repeated until you are a shred of your former self. These are the undignified things that should

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My life is an enigma

My son just told me he didn’t want me writing about him anymore, so I said; “There goes the money for your iPhone contract then,” and here I am again, with his blessing. At least he expressed himself in a full sentence. I’ve got used to decoding his speech lately,

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