A Mother’s Love

A mother’s love is an undisputed guarantee that travels the test of time but there are moments when it is tested to its limits and how we respond says a lot as to its value. My eldest is close to completing his second year at university but his…

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…

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.…

The Things Teenagers Worry About

Worrying is a universal currency that spans generations, but the world of teenage worry is relatively self-contained and probably no different to the one I inhabited as a teenager more than 30 years ago. The teenage years are an emotional roller coaster, full of highs and lows which create…

Removing the Safety Net From Our Children

Mother nature instinctively teaches us to protect our children no matter what the cost, so when it comes to letting our children grow up how easy is it to stand back and remove the safety net that we have carefully placed around them? As parents we are presented…

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…