How Do We Prepare Our Children For Failure?

Our house is a hotbed of exam anxiety at the moment as our eldest is in the final throes of preparing for his A’levels.  I have followed all my own advice and even that of others about managing his stress but it is tough – he is worried.…

Does Growing Up Mean Growing Apart?

My teenagers are growing up but does this mean we have to grow apart?  Growing up generally involves a defining moment in everyone’s life.  For my daughter, this was not when she hit puberty, but when she turned 13.  This was the magical number to her.  It signified…

Teaching Our Children The Value of An Inquiring Mind

“Why?”  is a question commonly associated with the toddler years.  Most parents tire very easily of this period and the endless “why” questions, particularly as each answer is quickly met by yet another “why” question, but as our children progress to adulthood that is exactly what we want…

Removing the Safety Net From Our Children

Mother nature instinctively teaches us to protect our children no matter what the cost, so when it comes to letting our children grow up how easy is it to stand back and remove the safety net that we have carefully placed around them? As parents we are presented…

Are You A Bored and Unfulfilled Mother?

Mothers who quit their careers to look after their children will eventually find themselves bored and unfulfilled by full-time parenting.  This is the prophecy of American Samantha Ettus who has previously been lambasted for her stance by mothers on both sides of the Atlantic. It is her belief that…

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…

Am I To Blame For My Teenagers’ Anxiety?

Last week I attended a lecture on adolescent health and the psychological challenges affecting young people.  The talk touched on a variety of subject areas such as the value of adolescent friendships, exam stress, the impact of social media and the omnipresent threat of terrorism and its impact. The…