• Love hurts

Love hurts

We’re setting up a WhatsApp group for parents to talk about their kids showing violence towards them. Please share this post -even if it doesn’t affect you – as it’s a taboo and embarrassing subject, and we know that individuals need support from other mums/moms and dads going through the

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High streets, stop filling little girls’ lips

High streets, stop filling little girls’ lips

What would you do if your daughter (or son) walked in with different lips to the ones s/he left home with? Worse, what if not only looking like a cross between a Bratz doll and a duck, your child’s lips became infected? Yep, you’d hit the ceiling. But this can

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  • Could this dance craze have you jumping for joy on the scales?

Could this dance craze have you jumping for joy on the scales?

It’s been around for about three years, but I first heard of it was when my friend Monica from school texted me the other day to see if I fancied doing BoogieBounce. I jumped at the chance (sorry, pun intended). If you can imagine an immersion heater with thick cladding,

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Tell your kids exam grades don’t matter

Tell your kids exam grades don’t matter

Yesterday’s most tragic story in the UK is of two brothers who took their own lives aged 20 and 15. Our prayers and thoughts are with their family, who are pleading with others to watch out for their mental health and that of those around them.  Read about it here. 

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  • Are your friends gritting their teeth today?

Are your friends gritting their teeth today?

Spare a thought for the mothers of teenagers who are going through a rough time. Mother’s Day might be a trial for them. They might even be your friends who are unable to tell you what’s really going on in their family. When I talk to parents, it’s clear that raising

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  • This book is Gin & Tonic for the soul

This book is Gin & Tonic for the soul

She’s 49 and she’s back! Allison Pearson’s new book How Hard Can it Be? brings character Kate Reddy to life again, and this time she’s got testosterone. Remember the book and film, I Don’t Know How She Does it?  This is the sequel. If you’re peri-menopausal and memory-challenged like the

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  • Why we should start teaching kids aged 4 about these creeps

Why we should start teaching kids aged 4 about these creeps

Most parents speak to their children about Stranger Danger at the age of 4. Following the recent Harvey Weinstein debacle, it’s time to talk to them about Power Danger. Power Danger is where one person does something to you because they know their position prevents you from rebuffing them or

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Stepmum or Stepmonster? How to bring up teenagers in a step family

It’s not easy being a parent, especially a parent of teenagers but if you are embarking on such a journey as a step parent then I’d say you’re in for an interesting, and at times, bumpy ride. I know because as a parent and step parent myself, I speak from the voice of experience. It is just such experiences, along

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The empty nest really was agony: what it feels like when they leave home

The empty nest really was agony: what it feels like when they leave home

The Empty Nest really was agony. I still remember hearing their keys in the lock, cooking far too much food (still do that!) and crying at the sight of a tidy house. All the years of nagging them to pick stuff up and put dishes straight in the dishwasher and

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Five smart ways to halve your kids’ activities

Five smart ways to halve your kids’ activities

If you and your family have felt the strain last academic year of taking your kids to and from multiple activities, here are five ways to cut the number of things they do outside of school: Get curious – ask your kid why they want to at tend dance or

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