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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+…

Hula Hoop For A Firm Midriff – A Midlife Crisis

The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II.  It is also a term widely and flippantly used to describe the efforts needed to combat the obvious onset of midlife, namely the burgeoning waist. Most women who…

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.…

The Forgotten Stepfather

Stepfamilies make up more than 10% of all families in the UK and of these, 85% include a dependent child from the woman’s previous relationship, which would suggest there are more stepfathers than stepmothers.  My family is one of these statistics. My husband is stepfather to my son, Teenager No.1…

Responsible Parenting

Responsible drinking, responsible gambling, wherever we look there is a marketing message about behaving responsibly.  But what about responsible parenting? Last weekend I went to the Capital FM Summertime Ball.  It was a belated treat for my daughter’s coming of age as a teenager.  We went with some friends and it was a…

If You Think You Can, You Can!

This week my daughter, received an Achiever Award from the Jack Petchey Foundation.  Until three months ago I had never heard of the foundation and when I asked my daughter’s Guide Leader who was responsible for nominating her, she looked aghast and said simply “Google it!” Having now familiarised myself…

Facing The Menopausal Madness

An excerpt on the menopause on Polyoaks, the Radio 4 sitcom, had me in stitches.  Faced with a disgruntled husband who is bemoaning his redundant sex life as he and his wife are arguing more now that she is going through the menopause, the doctor reminds him that women approach sex…

Am I To Blame For My Teenagers’ Anxiety?

Last week I attended a lecture on adolescent health and the psychological challenges affecting young people.  The talk touched on a variety of subject areas such as the value of adolescent friendships, exam stress, the impact of social media and the omnipresent threat of terrorism and its impact. The…