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,…

Treating Teen Acne & Products That Work

Teenage acne is the scourge of the young as they mature and go through puberty.  My teenagers hit puberty simultaneously.  My daughter was 10 and my son 14.  It was hell.  We lived in a cauldron of permanent hormonal angst as they both adapted to the emotional and physical changes…

Teenage Girls Dressing Appropriately

What is an appropriate way for your teenage daughter to dress?  My 13 year old is quite clear that for her age it means not wearing tiny crop tops and refers to those that do as ridiculous and asking for trouble.  My son on the other hand at 17+…

No Mobile Phones Allowed

“No devices with texting or phoning s’il vous plait!” Early yesterday morning I loaded my daughter on to a coach bound for Folkestone and the onward journey to Northern France, where she will be spending the next week with her school.  Her excitement has been palpable for days.…