#iwill – Making social action part of life for 10-20 year-olds

Having got two children through their teenage years and with another going through it, there is one thing that frustrates me no-end. Lack of meaningful work for teenagers. Most companies will not employ a young person before they have officially reached school-leaving age due to the many employment restrictions on young workers, which therefore means that young people cannot find employment until after the last Friday of June of the school year in which they are 16. I remember having… Continue Reading “#iwill – Making social action part of life for 10-20 year-olds”

Keeping kids being mobile safe at school

Mobile Phone

I am often asked at what age we gave the kids their own mobile phone. In my mind, the perfect age is when the kids start secondary school at the age of 11 as they start walking to school by themselves and means they can get hold of me if there is a problem, or I can reach them if I am worrying because they are running late. When Abbey and Callan were younger, mobile phones were used to make… Continue Reading “Keeping kids being mobile safe at school”

Talking to the Teens with Boots UK #TeenTalk

Teen-Talk

Being a parent of tots through to teens often has its challenges. One minute I am discussing how silly Marshall is in Paw Patrol to chatting about how best to treat the latest outbreak of spots. People often ask me what it is like parenting a teenager and my reply is always the same – tough. Parenting is hard work at all stages of life. With babies it is the lack of sleep that is the killer, toddlers it is the… Continue Reading “Talking to the Teens with Boots UK #TeenTalk”

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Teenager

Mornings used to be so organised in our household. It was easy to make sure everything was done and organised when I was up so early with Sebastian and even the teen was good at getting himself out of bed. Things seem to have changed drastically since the start of this school year. I am still up early and 99% of the time and really organised, lunches are made, kids are dressed and fed but we have hit a few… Continue Reading “Waking Sleeping Beauty”

A teenage milestone – learning to shave!

Rockface

When the babies are first born and throughout the first year milestones happen almost every other week, but as they get older things slow down a lot. Last week the teen finally reached a milestone that we have been trying to persuade him to do over the summer – start shaving. It sort of crept up on us at first, but the caterpillar above his top lip kept growing, getting darker and more noticeable. We subtly bought him his own… Continue Reading “A teenage milestone – learning to shave!”