How Long Does Empty Nest Syndrome Last?

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This week’s episode of the Sue Atkins Parenting Show is sponsored by Rayden Solicitors

Rayden Solicitors are hosting a seminar on the subject of ‘Supporting Teens and Tweens’  

Wednesday 10th October 2018 @ 6.30 pm 

The Town Hall, Berkhamsted

Full details are below in the Sponsor Section of the Show Notes

In this week’s episode: 

How Long Does Empty Nest Syndrome Last?

Tips for Coping with Empty Nest

Measles, Mumps & Rubella Are on The Increase – Should Vaccinating Kids Be Compulsory?

Plus … 

Sue on BBC Radio Leeds talking about her Amazon best-selling book ‘Parenting Made Easy – How To Raise Happy Children’


Our Show Sponsor – Rayden Solicitors

Why are Rayden Solicitors hosting a seminar on supporting teens and tweens?

Parenting tweens and teens can be challenging, stressful and sometimes upsetting. During the teenage years your children are maturing at an alarming rate with hormone shifts and developmental leaps causing havoc on their bodies and emotions.

In a 2016 survey for Parent Zone, 93% of teachers reported seeing increased rates of mental illness among children and teenagers and 90% thought the issues were getting more severe, with 62% dealing with a pupil’s mental-health problem at least once a month and an additional 20% doing so on a weekly or even daily basis.

As family law experts, we often deal with clients who are concerned that their relationship breakdown may have consequences for their children. Combined with the fact that almost every tween or teen will experience anxiety about school, homework, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, gender issues, exams, we felt that an explanation about different strategies that can be employed would be of benefit to all parents. We have therefore asked a number of therapeutic experts to discuss supporting teens and tweens.

You can book your place at this seminar via Eventbrite

Rayden Solicitors is an award-winning specialist firm of Family Law solicitors. We advise on all aspects of family law including: divorce and relationship breakdown; financial disputes and issues concerning children; as well as pre and post nuptial agreements and gay marriage. We have grown to be the largest family law firm in Hertfordshire and our clients are based across the county, in London, throughout the UK and internationally.

The firm combines specialist knowledge and experience with a cost-effective approach that recognises the individual needs of each client.

To book please visit Eventbrite

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Q. Dear Sue, my beautiful daughter Bella has just gone off to University and I’m bereft. She’s the youngest and last. Is it normal for me to feel redundant? I’m usually such a coper. Kathy Winfloss from Norwich

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Q. Dear Sue, My little son Josh is due to have his vaccinations and I’m worried whether there’s a risk associated with them. What do you think? Alicja Dragucki from Birmingham.

Here is the recording of a recent discussion I had on TalkRadio with Julia Hartley Brewer on the subject of vaccinations: 



MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against 3 separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccination requires 2 doses.

Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious conditions that can have serious, potentially fatal complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.

They can also lead to complications in pregnancy that affect the unborn baby, and can lead to miscarriage. Since the MMR vaccine was introduced in 1988, it’s rare for children in the UK to develop these serious conditions.

But outbreaks happen and there have been cases of measles in recent years, so it’s important to make sure that you and your children are up-to-date with the MMR vaccination.

This NHS leaflet tells you about MMR vaccination.

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