Absent Sibling Syndrome

When a teenager leaves home for the first time the impact of their absence on a household is generally focussed on the emotions of the parents and particularly the mothers.  But what about the brothers and sisters left behind?  How does the sudden absence of a sibling affect…

Midlife Health Checks For Women

Have you had or are you due a midlife health check?  It’s so easy to forget what we need to do to safeguard our long term well-being but midlife is an important time for reviewing our health and particularly as a woman. The NHS offers free health checks every…

Keeping Your Children Safe Online #WhoIsSam

When did you last talk to your children about staying safe online?  Was it as recently as this week? Or was it last month or even last year?  In an online survey by the National Crime Agency (NCA) 15% of parents hadn’t talked to their children for at…

Top Must-Read Books For Teens This Christmas

The blogosphere is awash with Christmas gift ideas and as a family of prolific readers we are always on the look out for a good book.  I have picked my daughter’s brains to put together a few recommendations (in no particular order) for the tween or young teenage…

Fear Of Crime is Making Our Teenagers Unhappy

Growing up as a teenager in the 1980’s in the idyllic English countryside I had very few worries and certainly none that kept me awake at night. Our teenagers today, however, are not so lucky.  Young people’s happiness in the UK is at its lowest point for seven…

31st State – Skincare For Teenage Boys – Review

Skincare for teenage boys is not something you see marketed very often, but why not?  Male grooming is on the increase after all and the 21st century teenage boy is just as conscious of his appearance and looking good as the teenage girl – if not more so…

Three Steps To University Open Day Success

Choosing the right university is about so much more than the course.  It is about the location, the environment, the facilities, the extra-curricular activities and the ambience.  What appeals to one student won’t necessarily appeal to another.  These are decisions that can’t be made from a distance online.…