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…

Guest Post – Why Does Style Change At 50?

You would think that the woman pioneering a change in attitudes towards the way women dress in midlife has herself passed that milestone.  The reality, however, is that Jacynth Bassett, is a 24 year old Cambridge law graduate, who inspired by her mother’s style frustrations has made it her…

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…

Fitness At Fifty & Beyond

A “fair weather” exerciser is the term used by a friend recently to describe my attitude to my fitness regime.  In my defence I have to say she was recalling my university years more than three decades ago when a hangover or a piece of chocolate cake would…

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…

It Must Be My Hormones – The HRT Debate

One of my Fabulous Fifty resolutions is to address my hormones once and for all.  This may seem an overly dramatic statement but it is something I have been battling with for a while.  I have written previously about my menopausal madness which manifests itself largely with me…

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…