Top Tips For Surviving Freshers’ Week

If reports are to be believed the new generation of students are turning their backs on the age old tradition for alcohol fuelled freshers’ events and universities across the country are making changes as a result. Hull University has replaced Freshers’ Week with Welcome Fest, which features a…

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…

What is Femininity?

What does the term “femininity” mean to you? The quality of being female is the concise definition but its interpretation is of course far from concise. A femininity storm has erupted in our house on the back of an innocent comment to my youngest teen from a friend…

Absent Sibling Syndrome

When a teenager leaves home for the first time the impact of their absence on a household is generally focussed on the emotions of the parents and particularly the mothers.  But what about the brothers and sisters left behind?  How does the sudden absence of a sibling affect…

Top Must-Read Books For Teens This Christmas

The blogosphere is awash with Christmas gift ideas and as a family of prolific readers we are always on the look out for a good book.  I have picked my daughter’s brains to put together a few recommendations (in no particular order) for the tween or young teenage…

Fear Of Crime is Making Our Teenagers Unhappy

Growing up as a teenager in the 1980’s in the idyllic English countryside I had very few worries and certainly none that kept me awake at night. Our teenagers today, however, are not so lucky.  Young people’s happiness in the UK is at its lowest point for seven…

31st State – Skincare For Teenage Boys – Review

Skincare for teenage boys is not something you see marketed very often, but why not?  Male grooming is on the increase after all and the 21st century teenage boy is just as conscious of his appearance and looking good as the teenage girl – if not more so…

Students Spend Nearly £400 In Freshers’ Week

How much is Freshers’ Week costing your teen?  Research  I read this week shows that students across the UK can spend around £400 in Freshers’ Week.  Put this in the context of the average annual student maintenance loan of £1500 and the reality of the maths is scary.…