Stylish Christmas Gift Ideas For Teens 2019

Have you decided what you are buying for your teen this Christmas or are you, like many others, scratching your head and desperately scouring the web for teen christmas gift ideas?  Teenagers are definitely not easy to buy presents for as they can be so particular about what…

Mates Don’t Bully Mates #AntiBullyingWeek

Mates don’t bully mates.  Or do they? A staggering one in five (19%) children surveyed by the Anti-Bullying Alliance ahead of Anti-Bullying Week said they have steered clear of spending time with friends to avoid being bullied, suggesting that friends are more often than not the perpetrators.  Sad…

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…