Parenting Teens
  • 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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Ridiculous Behavior

Ridiculous Behavior

She comes home late.  She’s up until times I didn’t know existed.  She sleeps until 20 minutes before she has to go work (which is 2pm).  She leaves her dishes all around the house.  She waits until she has six loads of laundry before she’ll do her wash.  She comes

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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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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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