Category: Parenting into tweenagehood and beyond…

Please stop telling my kid to take her glasses off…

This is a rant. Aimed at no doubt the thoughtless amongst us. My child wears glasses. She has inherited not only my short sighted vision, but also the astigimatism and a genetic eyelid condition that means that she will, for

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I didn’t set out to be a helicopter parent but suddenly I am one…?

I am not generally a helicopter parent. I am the mum at the park that doesn’t follow her kids round, fussing over them, I let my tweenager stay home for short periods of time, unsupervised, and I don’t feel like

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11 year olds still in primary school DO NOT NEED SMARTPHONES

Yes, I have put that last bit in capitals. Yes, I am shouty about it.  My tweenager has recently started to hint (ie whine a lot, at random times when she thinks her parents are vulnerable!) that she would like

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Why we allowed our tweenager to choose not to do a school entrance exam…

Our tweenager is reaching the age where we need to start thinking about secondary schools. We’ve already had a look at one or two, and have a couple more to go, before we decide. When we say “we”, we mean

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She’s wearing my shoes…

This week, we had a bit of a mum fail. My tweenager was supposed to be singing in a concert, with some of her class and children from other schools. It was in my diary, we had tickets, and I

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Dear Tweenager, PLEASE TIDY YOUR ROOM…

My Dear darling daughter, aged not quite 11, yet.  I love you, I do. You are very precious to me. You remind me a lot of myself, which is fun, but also a bit scary, but we are learning to

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Let’s talk about…

Sex, and puberty… Before you go any further, don’t panic, this is a family blog. This is an honest, but clean post, I promise.  We have a tweenager, in the house, and she is rapidly growing up, both emotionally and

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Mum standards…

The alternative title of this post could be – When you and your tweenager disagree on what the word “tidy” means and what a tidy bedroom should look like…  The tweenager and I are having a difference of opinion, the

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Sometimes a hug from mum is all you need… tweens, teens and beyond!

Moving into the world of being a tweenager and teenager is fun but also can be challenging. Emotions, physical changes, changing relationships. They come with ups and downs. Sometimes the downs can feel a lot more than the ups.  Sometimes

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Facing the teenage years with positivity – it can’t be all bad…

I’m facing a stage of parenting that I’ve unused to. It’s a stage I’ve not got much experience with, other than when I myself was at that stage, which seems a long time ago. I can do newborns and babies,

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