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Coping With Panic Attacks – A Modern Day Epidemic

“I think I am having a panic attack!  How can I stop it?” Both my teenagers have asked me this question at some point during their young lives.  Panic occurs as a natural result of anxiety.  Yet anxiety is a term so readily bandied around nowadays that it…

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Enough Is Enough. Standing Up To The Frenemy At Last

Friendship upsets are all part of growing up but some can be more damaging than others.  Youngsters of all ages have minor disagreements, but the world of our tweens and teens is made more complex by the added dimension of controlling and manipulative behaviour, characteristic of the frenemy.…

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Guest Post – Potential Effects of Smartphone Overuse Syndrome In Teenagers

Are you or your teenagers addicted to your smartphone?  Do you argue about the presence of phones at mealtimes?  Do your youngsters sleep with their phones in their room?  A ubiquitous accessory nowadays, it is so easy to fall into the trap of constantly checking our phones for…

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Essential Festival Tips For Teenagers & Their Parents

The festival season is upon us again and for many teenagers attending their first festival is an undisputed rite of passage, as they celebrate the end of exams and enjoy some quasi adult independence. As a parent it can be a testing time but it can be made easier.…

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How Do We Prepare Our Children For Failure?

Our house is a hotbed of exam anxiety at the moment as our eldest is in the final throes of preparing for his A’levels.  I have followed all my own advice and even that of others about managing his stress but it is tough – he is worried.…

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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…

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Educating Out Prejudice – Just How Tolerant Are We?

“Why on earth would I want to end my week by going to see a play about a man having sex with a goat?”   This was the question asked by a very dear friend as we set off to the theatre last week. The play in question…

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The Big Sur – A California Road Trip – Part Three

Driving for long stretches is historically my idea of a holiday from hell, but our California Road Trip changed all that.  It is hard to believe how you could have more fun in a hire car than on the Pacific Coast Highway, aka Highway 1. Traveling from North to…

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