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Stylish Christmas Gift Ideas For Teens 2019

Have you decided what you are buying for your teen this Christmas or are you, like many others, scratching your head and desperately scouring the web for teen christmas gift ideas?  Teenagers are definitely not easy to buy presents for as they can be so particular about what…

Mates Don’t Bully Mates #AntiBullyingWeek

Mates don’t bully mates.  Or do they? A staggering one in five (19%) children surveyed by the Anti-Bullying Alliance ahead of Anti-Bullying Week said they have steered clear of spending time with friends to avoid being bullied, suggesting that friends are more often than not the perpetrators.  Sad…

The Girl Who Fell – A Play For The Social Media …

Grief after the loss of a loved one is inevitable.  Throw suicide into the mix and the consequence for those left behind is guilt of the truly toxic kind, that keeps its victims awake at night and forces them through a labyrinth of closed doors.  There is never…

Putting The Pieces Back Together

“I want you back my love.”  My words to my son last night.  It’s been an unsettling couple of years in our house but I had not fully appreciated how tough it would be for my son on top of everything else. My first born.  My handsome, clever…

Motherly Advice for Teenagers Going on Holiday

Motherly advice takes on a whole new resonance during the teenage years but never more so than when a parent-free holiday looms on the horizon. I have written before about teenagers holidaying abroad and the fear that strikes at the heart of every mother, but just as going…

The First Relationship

There are many milestones in life but none more memorable than your first relationship. It provides a footprint for the way forward and the impression it leaves is significant. Mine was at the tender age of 15 years old.   I was on a French exchange trip from…