The Wonders Of The Barre!

If you want to tackle your bingo wings, saddlebags and the dreaded pooch then maybe barre classes are what you need. Don’t panic if you are rhythmically challenged, even though the origins are in ballet, you don’t need to be a budding Darcy Bussell to benefit from the wonders…

Treating Teen Acne & Products That Work

Teenage acne is the scourge of the young as they mature and go through puberty.  My teenagers hit puberty simultaneously.  My daughter was 10 and my son 14.  It was hell.  We lived in a cauldron of permanent hormonal angst as they both adapted to the emotional and physical changes…

Teenage Girls Dressing Appropriately

What is an appropriate way for your teenage daughter to dress?  My 13 year old is quite clear that for her age it means not wearing tiny crop tops and refers to those that do as ridiculous and asking for trouble.  My son on the other hand at 17+…

Hula Hoop For A Firm Midriff – A Midlife Crisis

The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II.  It is also a term widely and flippantly used to describe the efforts needed to combat the obvious onset of midlife, namely the burgeoning waist. Most women who…

No Mobile Phones Allowed

“No devices with texting or phoning s’il vous plait!” Early yesterday morning I loaded my daughter on to a coach bound for Folkestone and the onward journey to Northern France, where she will be spending the next week with her school.  Her excitement has been palpable for days.…

The Forgotten Stepfather

Stepfamilies make up more than 10% of all families in the UK and of these, 85% include a dependent child from the woman’s previous relationship, which would suggest there are more stepfathers than stepmothers.  My family is one of these statistics. My husband is stepfather to my son, Teenager No.1…

Responsible Parenting

Responsible drinking, responsible gambling, wherever we look there is a marketing message about behaving responsibly.  But what about responsible parenting? Last weekend I went to the Capital FM Summertime Ball.  It was a belated treat for my daughter’s coming of age as a teenager.  We went with some friends and it was a…

If You Think You Can, You Can!

This week my daughter, received an Achiever Award from the Jack Petchey Foundation.  Until three months ago I had never heard of the foundation and when I asked my daughter’s Guide Leader who was responsible for nominating her, she looked aghast and said simply “Google it!” Having now familiarised myself…