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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What to get a 13 Year Old Girl for her Birthday

What to get a 13 year old girl for her birthday is – honestly – a difficult question. At the grand old age of 13, nobody wants to be treated like a child. This means you can’t buy anything that might be considered to be a toy. Definitely you can’t…

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Things I Want my Daughter to Know at 13

There are so many things I want my daughter to know as she becomes a teenager. Flea had her 13th birthday this week and please don’t think I’m unaware of the irony of this post. Because parents of teens know nothing. Or so our children would like to think. Thirteen…

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