The Drugs Talk

University students are heading home, the school holidays are on the horizon and the party and festival season is warming up, which for parents of teenagers and young adults serves as a pertinent reminder that it is time to reiterate a few health and safety messages, not least…

Exam and Revision Tips For Parents & Their Teens

Exam season is here again which means only one thing – revision and lots of it. Seven hours a day was the recommendation of one leading school head for all those facing GCSE’s and A’levels this year. Opinion is divided on whether this is necessary but hard work is…

Keeping Your Children Safe Online #WhoIsSam

When did you last talk to your children about staying safe online?  Was it as recently as this week? Or was it last month or even last year?  In an online survey by the National Crime Agency (NCA) 15% of parents hadn’t talked to their children for at…

Three Steps To University Open Day Success

Choosing the right university is about so much more than the course.  It is about the location, the environment, the facilities, the extra-curricular activities and the ambience.  What appeals to one student won’t necessarily appeal to another.  These are decisions that can’t be made from a distance online.…

What is Responsible Drinking for Parents?

What are your views on drinking alcohol in front of your children?  Do you make a conscious decision to abstain when with your children or just not to drink to excess?  Have you ever been drunk in front of your children? In a new report released by the Institute…

How Do We Build Our Teenage Girls’ Self-Esteem?

Has your daughter ever called herself ugly?  If so how did you react?  Did you – like me – respond with a sharp intake of breath and a vehement “No you are not!”? At the time of this shock announcement from my daughter I was in Paris on a girls…

The Value Of A Shared Interest Between Parent & Child

What makes you tick?  Do you share any passions with your children? One of the many things I love about being a mother of teenagers is discovering shared interests that help to cement our relationship as adults and as a family. As parents we are all guilty of…