• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Long term relationships and how to survive them

Long term relationships and how to survive them

Is this about to become the biggest mis-selling scandal ever? When couples get together both of them tend to be romantic, good listeners, affectionate, cheerful, patient. They book romantic dinners and mini-breaks and put it all on the credit card. Anything to please. Then as time goes on and you might

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  • How you feel dropping your kid at university

How you feel dropping your kid at university

If your children are young, this will seem like a crazy thought. Hey, one day they’ll be off living on their own. But in what seems like the time it takes to drink a coffee and have a pee, the years are standing behind you waving, and your child is ready

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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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Results Day and Facebook – Be a bit kind

Hearing back from my friends whose kids got exam results, some have been a bit amazed (read angry) at how other parents have been asking them on Facebook how their kids did? Not everyone wants to share that information, especially if the grades were unexpected. Even the children in the

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“Your relationship with your kid is worth more than grades”

Four things to remember about your kid’s exam results With exam results hitting teenage eyeballs just now, what can you as a parent do to limit the pain or keep any smugness in check? We asked around on Facebook and to Parenting expert Elizabeth O’Shea. Elizabeth’s advice was: “Your relationship

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