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“My daughter has no friends and I don’t know why”

“My daughter has no friends and I don’t know why”

My name is Rebecca, and I'm the mum of one of "those kids". The ones who don't ever seem to fit in with all the other kids at school. My daughter has no friends, and gets picked on and belittled every day by the other children. Despite what all the anti-bullying...

“I hate parenting a teenager, there, I said it”

“I hate parenting a teenager, there, I said it”

Look, I'm going to be completely blunt here and you'll probably hate me almost as much as I hate me, but I hate parenting a teenager, and I have two of them. There, I said it. I hate my own kids, I really do. Well, I don't hate them, but I hate being their mum. I hate...

Life got sweeter when I trialled unparenting

Life got sweeter when I trialled unparenting

"Not everything is a teachable moment," my son growled at me from the back of the car. "You know you can stop parenting all the time, don't you? You could try... unparenting!" Hmmm. Was unparenting even a thing? Did Max just make that up on the spot? Surely I would be...

How to overcome exam anxiety and thrive

How to overcome exam anxiety and thrive

Do you feel like your mind freezes during exams? Do you find yourself thinking “I really can’t do this”? Does your heart race fast or do you find it hard to breathe during exams? Do you have exam anxiety? Most people feel anxious when taking an exam, but research...

This is why we don’t track our kids or monitor their socials

This is why we don’t track our kids or monitor their socials

It's true, we don't track our kids. There's no GPS attached to their phones. We don't use apps that pinpoint their location or limit their phone use or block certain sites. There are no parent blockers operating on our internet or apps turning off phones between...

I’m entering The Otherhood soon and it feels terrifying

I’m entering The Otherhood soon and it feels terrifying

Recently, I was searching for something to watch on Netflix and came across The Otherhood about three mothers who met in the school playground many years ago who get together to try to reconnect with their adult sons It's a nice feel good, happy/sad movie (well I...

10 things that will help your child decide ‘what to do with my life’

10 things that will help your child decide ‘what to do with my life’

I had a 15-year-old write to me and ask about figuring out 'what to do with my life'. She writes: ‘As a high school student I’m constantly being reminded to figure out what to do with my life, what career I would like to have and so on. I definitely feel huge amounts...

There’s nothing average about being average

There’s nothing average about being average

How many of us have sat through assemblies where the announcement is made at the beginning: please hold your applause until the end because there are so many awards! Well, there might be hundreds of awards being handed out, but take heart, there are still loads of...

More teenage girls are self harming than ever before – here’s why

More teenage girls are self harming than ever before – here’s why

A storyline on UK TV soap Hollyoaks in late 2017 was praised as a “masterpiece of television” after focusing on the issue of self harm in young people. Article by Chris Nicholson, University of Essex The show, which worked with charities Samaritans and Mind on the...

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Is there anything more frustrating than other kids' parents? I mean, we are each others' biggest support, but so often our biggest hurdle too. It makes my blood boil when other kids' parents let them do really stupid things. Because then my kid wants to do them too. I...

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