Lies, damn lies and teenagers

Do you remember the days when your kids were biddable, easily bundled into a car for a day trip, could be bribed to do anything with sweets or Lego, still occasionally listened to what you said, and didn’t call you a “nob’ed” or reply “your mum” to every question, plea,

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Vile creatures

I’ve written at desperate length about how Baxter the pup has lots in common with a psychotic toddler with shark’s teeth, but as he’s grown I’ve noticed him change. He’s still crazy and random, but he’s added more strings to his unpredictable bow. I can see now that teenagers and

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Teenager walks dog?

Sunday morning rolls around again and I reluctantly lift my head from the pillow. Then realise – Yessss. Sunday is the day that my eldest boy gets up and gives the puppy his breakfast then takes him for a walk so that his dad and me can have a luscious

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Grudge Match

Grudge Match

The other day, I noticed something different. “Hi Sweety!” “Hey…” she mumbled under furrowed brows. “Hmm…” I thought, “That’s funny. What did I do? What did I do?” See, my daughter isn’t really one to hold a bad day against everyone she meets. She’s also not the type to act

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Reasons to get a puppy

I have to warn my fellow parents that there’s a video doing the rounds entitled 6 Reasons You Need A Puppy: Share this video with your parents and you’ll have a dog in no time. This web of lies and deceit lays out 6 compelling reasons for getting a puppy (they

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Kids n’ Dating : Remixed

Kids n’ Dating : Remixed

“The tights and socks I left on the drying rack aren’t mine.  I got tired of seeing them under the couch.” It would be an understatement to say I was horrified by this statement.  I’m not naive.  I’m guessing my teenage daughter expects that I’m not celibate… given the lack of

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Top Ten Tricks to Outsmart your Teen – Trick Two

Back again. Now that we have figured out how to get them to co-operate with us, let’s work on getting them to get along with each other. Trick Two: Bickering Siblings – Making it End without Committing a Felony Oh, those dulcet sounds of sibling communication – otherwise known as

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Top Ten Tricks to Outsmart your Teen

I am by no means an expert – just a fellow parent in the trenches and, since kids fight dirty, I thought I would share some hard earned strategies. Some, you may already know, some, may be new, but I have found that these ideas work in the real world

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He’s got puppy teeth and he’s not afraid to use them

 “Ooooh he’s just like a teddy bear! Sooo fluffy! I bet you just want to cuddle him all the time!” yelps my friend Natalie as she meets my fluffy, teddy bear-like golden retriever pup for the first time. Well no, actually, because I value the use of my arms and

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Do you dare to look at your teenager’s Facebook page?

  Do you dare to look at your teenager’s Facebook page? Today our children unwittingly create a full, often photographic, record of their youthful indiscretions, thanks to Facebook, MSN and other social networking sites; a world away from our own childhoods, where mistakes could be left behind as we grew

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