What is Responsible Drinking for Parents?

What are your views on drinking alcohol in front of your children?  Do you make a conscious decision to abstain when with your children or just not to drink to excess?  Have you ever been drunk in front of your children? In a new report released by the Institute…

Review – The ResMed S+ Sleep Tracker

A  good night’s sleep is increasingly regarded not only as the best but the most crucial medicine for our health.  Without it not only are we operating below par in the short term, but long term we are susceptible to a range of life threatening illnesses. Our health…

How Do We Build Our Teenage Girls’ Self-Esteem?

Has your daughter ever called herself ugly?  If so how did you react?  Did you – like me – respond with a sharp intake of breath and a vehement “No you are not!”? At the time of this shock announcement from my daughter I was in Paris on a girls…

Students Spend Nearly £400 In Freshers’ Week

How much is Freshers’ Week costing your teen?  Research  I read this week shows that students across the UK can spend around £400 in Freshers’ Week.  Put this in the context of the average annual student maintenance loan of £1500 and the reality of the maths is scary.…

Las Vegas – The Road Trip Finale

“Save the best for last” is a popular saying I grew up with and as we left behind the glitz and glamour of LA last year on the final leg of our California road trip and headed towards Las Vegas I wondered if it would be the case this…

Guest Post – Top Shaving Tips For Teenage Boys

Watching my eldest get to grips with his personal grooming was interesting to say the least, particularly when it came to shaving – when to start, how often etc.  I have to admit to not being a great lover of facial hair so at the very first signs…

The Mother & Teenager C25K Challenge

One thing I never thought I would be taking up again at 50 is running!  I did all that and got the t-shirt way back in my 20’s and 30’s. Keeping fit and healthy is of course a priority, but over the last decade it has been of…

The Value Of A Shared Interest Between Parent & Child

What makes you tick?  Do you share any passions with your children? One of the many things I love about being a mother of teenagers is discovering shared interests that help to cement our relationship as adults and as a family. As parents we are all guilty of…