Navigating the Digital Jungle: Teens and Sexual Health Online

You know you thought having the ‘Birds & Bees’ talk was difficult? – try having it these days as digital tech has transformed sexual culture. Helping teenagers to cope with this, as they mature, is not only a task for schools or parents. It really needs to be addressed by big tech & governments too. […]

Kids and Teenagers With ADHD and the Christmas Holidays. Jingle Bells or Jingle Hell?

    I found an interesting article on Health Central about Teenagers finding the change in routine very stressful around the Christmas  holiday time. Here are some tips to help you get through the holiday period when you have a teenager with ADHD: Plan out their holiday homework. Once your child reaches secondary school, teachers often assign […]

What’s wrong with Granny? Talking to your children about Dementia

My husband is in Ireland visiting his Mum’s grave with his 94 year old Dad. Judy died during the pandemic , not due to Covid but due to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. My father in law Arthur looked after her at home for 10 years and after her funeral we all went to Ireland to […]

Your teenager is the sum of their 5 biggest digital influences.

  “You are the sum of the 5 people that you spend the most time with.” This phrase was made well known by Jim Rohn long before social media became a huge part of everyone’s life. This means that now your teenager is the sum of their 5 biggest digital influences. Get talking with (not […]

Getting Your Messy Teenager To Pull Their Weight!

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” ~ Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790, Scientist, Publisher and Diplomat Do you feel like you’re always wading knee-deep through your teenager’s piles of discarded clothes, dirty glasses, crisp packets and […]

Why The Simple Act Of Eating Together Is Important

I am a real advocate of families sitting down and eating together as it creates a bond, a connection and makes life fun. Kids can chat about their day, their worries or just spend time with you, and you can share your life with them in a easy and natural way simply through sitting down […]

How To Talk To Your Kids and Teens About Gender Without Seeming Out Of Touch

  I’m featured in The Telegraph newspaper. How to talk to teenagers about gender without seeming out of touch Talking to teens about gender can feel like a minefield for many parents, but it’s important to keep the lines of communication open If you’re the parent of a teenager or a pre-teen, like me, you […]

Activities to build self-esteem in kids ~ Tip 2

Failing Forward One of my favourite parenting stories is about a famous research scientist who made several important medical breakthroughs. He was asked by a journalist why he was so successful and he told the story of a very early lesson he learnt from his Mum when he dropped a carton of milk in the […]

Why teenagers lie – and what to do about it.

              I have been working with parents who were beside themselves to discover that their teenage daughter has been consistently  lying to them, to her friends and to her teachers. There are are two aspects to this article as it’s not just about lying – as it’s also about a […]

Holidaying with teens – 10 things you can ALL do!

  We’ve just come back from our hols in Spain and we all had brilliant time so here are some of my top tips for enjoying not surviving your Summer Hols with your teenage kids. 1. Daydream and visualise it going well. Spend just 5 minutes a day, last thing at night, focusing on the […]

Depression is the most common new issue affecting young people.

I was interviewed on LBC Radio discussing the latest survey by the charity Relate revealing that mental health issues are bringing increasingly more young people into the counselling room. 64% of those counsellors surveyed said mental health/depression was the most common new issue affecting young people. Relate, one of the largest provider of counselling […]