Are You A Bored and Unfulfilled Mother?

Mothers who quit their careers to look after their children will eventually find themselves bored and unfulfilled by full-time parenting.  This is the prophecy of American Samantha Ettus who has previously been lambasted for her stance by mothers on both sides of the Atlantic. It is her belief that…

The Big C – A Personal Story

Twelve years ago my mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer and told to make the most of the next six months.  She was just shy of her 60th birthday and in cancer years this was considered to be young. My husband and I had just celebrated our marriage…

The Wonders Of The Barre!

If you want to tackle your bingo wings, saddlebags and the dreaded pooch then maybe barre classes are what you need. Don’t panic if you are rhythmically challenged, even though the origins are in ballet, you don’t need to be a budding Darcy Bussell to benefit from the wonders…

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…

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…