I’m Moving House and I’m Definitely Not Okay.

I am moving house and I am definitely not okay right now.  I don’t know why. But I’m feeling so stressed and irritated, and filled with a sense of foreboding. But this weekend I might have sat on the stairs and cried for 10 minutes because my daughter has no friends*.…

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20 Experience Gifts for Kids (Instead of More Stuff)

Experience Gifts for Kids are the Future! As we head towards Christmas aka The Season of All Shopping, I’m already on the hunt for gift ideas for my teen daughter. Increasingly, though, I’m trying to avoid buying yet more “stuff“. We already have crammed shelves, and wardrobes and more shoes…

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Friendship and the Teenage Girl

Friendships – and particularly teen girl friendships – are complicated and hard and oh so easy to get wrong. And some of those issues are things we’re still dealing with as grown adults. Flea is now in her third year of senior school. Generally, she’s a girl who gets along…

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Can F-Secure Total Security Suite Keep Teens Safe Online?

Keeping teens safe online is the sort of thing that keeps me awake at night. It’s easy enough to see if Flea is taking risks when she’s crossing the road, or making her hundredth packet of noodles this week. But when she’s sitting with her nose in her laptop, or…

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When Should Teenagers Drink Alcohol?

.  When should teenagers drink alcohol for the first time? At thirteen, my daughter is beginning to encounter alcohol in her peer group. There are parties and sleepovers and girls with older boyfriends, and at some point, I’m sure, Flea will be tempted to try alcohol. To my mind, this…

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