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…

Dear Daughter – I Love Our Chats

Talking is a big part of our family life.  Whatever direction our teens are taking on their route to adulthood and however nervous I might feel sometimes I take comfort from the chats we have. Tonight was no exception. My daughter is an extraordinary young woman.  She has…

A Mother’s Love

A mother’s love is an undisputed guarantee that travels the test of time but there are moments when it is tested to its limits and how we respond says a lot as to its value. My eldest is close to completing his second year at university but his…

Learning To Give Up Parental Control

A fellow parenting blogger asked me recently what the biggest challenge of parenting teenagers is compared to the younger years.  My answer was quite simply, learning to give up control. I say learning because it does not come naturally as a mother to let go, it takes not…