Truancy Prevention Ideas

A parent is jailed every two weeks. Every school term a parent is jailed for their child’s truancy once a fortnight every school term in England and Wales! What a shocking statistic. But what can you do as a parent? • Be actively involved in your teen’s life – talk, chat, guide, nudge, nurture, share, […]

Getting The Right Balance Right!

As parents it’s sometimes difficult to know where you stand with your growing and maturing teenager. As a young child they looked up to you for everything, but now they want you to drop them off at the end of the road so you won’t embarrass them in front of their friends and to not […]

Teenage Mood Swings …..are they normal?

Perhaps you’ve heard from ‘You don’t understand me?’ to ‘Why can’t you just stop going on at me and leave me alone!’ all before and are wondering if it’s normal. Well, to reassure you …. it is but your teenager’s mood swings can affect the whole family and they can be a source of huge distress, […]

Being Truthful

    “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies” ~ Nelson Mandela I remember when I was 19 spending a night in a cold, wet and blustery tent down in Devon playing the “Truth or Dare” game with a group of friends. It felt really strange being so completely […]

Knife Crime – A Parent’s Role In The Solution

“Don’t wish it was easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.” ~Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Rude and greedy behaviour among adults is contributing to the epidemic of gang and knife crime among children according […]

Because kids don’t come with a handbook!

There is absolutely no doubt that raising a family can be an exhausting, challenging and on many occasions a frustrating business; but when you get it right there is no single experience in life that will prove to be as fulfilling and rewarding as bringing up happy children. Every parent wants to do the very […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story To Ponder !

  The difference that makes the difference. Here’s a story from my never ending notebook and everlasting pencil.  As she stood in front of her fifth-year primary class on the first day of the school year, Mrs Evans uttered the usual platitude. She told her students that she liked them all equally and would treat […]