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…

Fabulous Fifty..What Does It Really Look Like?

This is the year I turn 50, as will according to Google, such female acting luminaries as Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, plus Carla Bruni and Sam Taylor-Johnson. Of these fellow, “soon-to-be” quinquagenarians I would most like to align myself with Julia or Sam whose approach to ageing seems…

What A Difference A Year Makes

Today, 14th December, is the first anniversary of my husband’s mini-stroke.  On this day a year ago as I waved our daughter off to school wearing her Christmas Jumper, my husband was in our shower room having a “funny turn”. In true tragicomedy style, a man was downstairs…

The Value of Female Friendships

Female friendships are pivotal to a woman’s existence.  Women fulfil a role in our lives that men just can’t in my opinion and for that reason I suppose I would classify myself quite firmly as a woman’s woman. Although happily married I am not a woman who regards…

Removing the Safety Net From Our Children

Mother nature instinctively teaches us to protect our children no matter what the cost, so when it comes to letting our children grow up how easy is it to stand back and remove the safety net that we have carefully placed around them? As parents we are presented…