It’s That Time Of Year – Muck Up Day

For many teenagers across the country, this week includes one of THE most important dates in the school calendar, Muck Up Day.  For those sitting their A’levels this is officially their time to let off some steam before the start of the exams, but also to celebrate the end of…

What Is The Real Value of Sport To Our Children?

With one teenager finishing last term with a hockey tour and one starting this term with a cricket tour, I am reminded of the value of sport in my teens’ lives not only from the obvious perspective of benefiting from exercise, but also more universally in helping to prepare…

The Things Teenagers Worry About

Worrying is a universal currency that spans generations, but the world of teenage worry is relatively self-contained and probably no different to the one I inhabited as a teenager more than 30 years ago. The teenage years are an emotional roller coaster, full of highs and lows which create…

Challenging The Perception Of Pretty

“What do you think pretty is?”  This was the question a teacher at my daughter’s school asked during a PSHE lesson last week.  The responses from the group of 13 year olds were varied but the one that provoked the greatest reaction was  “Blonde hair, clear skin, a thigh…

Teenagers Abroad – The Holiday Every Parent Dreads

There are two significant rites of passage in a teenager’s life.  The first is the festival following the completion of their GCSE’s, the second is the holiday abroad with their mates after their A’levels.  The use of the words teenagers and holiday in the same sentence are guaranteed…

A Teenager’s Experience of Being In The Cenotaph Parade

My youngest teenager had the honour of participating in the Cenotaph Parade for Remembrance Sunday.  A once in a lifetime opportunity, here are her memories of the day, in her own words. What did it mean to you to take part in the Cenotaph Parade? It was so humbling to be there…

What The Teens Said – The Bigger Ones Tag

There are many bloggers tags doing the rounds at the moment and I was mildly amused when the lovely Morgan at Morgan’s Milieu tagged me a couple of weeks ago for the The Bigger Ones Tag instigated by Catie at An Imperfect Mum.   At the time we were…

Teenage Boys, Muscles and Masculinity

Apparently  2016 was the year men became obsessed with their bodies fuelled by a desire for guns of steel and abs to die for and my eldest teenager was no exception. A keen sportsman, he has always been fit and lean.  His father and I are both slight,…