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Life got sweeter when I trialled unparenting

Life got sweeter when I trialled unparenting

"Not everything is a teachable moment," my son growled at me from the back of the car. "You know you can stop parenting all the time, don't you? You could try... unparenting!" Hmmm. Was unparenting even a thing? Did Max just make that up on the spot? Surely I would be...

How to overcome exam anxiety and thrive

How to overcome exam anxiety and thrive

Do you feel like your mind freezes during exams? Do you find yourself thinking “I really can’t do this”? Does your heart race fast or do you find it hard to breathe during exams? Do you have exam anxiety? Most people feel anxious when taking an exam, but research...

This is why we don’t track our kids or monitor their socials

This is why we don’t track our kids or monitor their socials

It's true, we don't track our kids. There's no GPS attached to their phones. We don't use apps that pinpoint their location or limit their phone use or block certain sites. There are no parent blockers operating on our internet or apps turning off phones between...

I’m entering The Otherhood soon and it feels terrifying

I’m entering The Otherhood soon and it feels terrifying

Recently, I was searching for something to watch on Netflix and came across The Otherhood about three mothers who met in the school playground many years ago who get together to try to reconnect with their adult sons It's a nice feel good, happy/sad movie (well I...

10 things that will help your child decide ‘what to do with my life’

10 things that will help your child decide ‘what to do with my life’

I had a 15-year-old write to me and ask about figuring out 'what to do with my life'. She writes: ‘As a high school student I’m constantly being reminded to figure out what to do with my life, what career I would like to have and so on. I definitely feel huge amounts...

There’s nothing average about being average

There’s nothing average about being average

How many of us have sat through assemblies where the announcement is made at the beginning: please hold your applause until the end because there are so many awards! Well, there might be hundreds of awards being handed out, but take heart, there are still loads of...

More teenage girls are self harming than ever before – here’s why

More teenage girls are self harming than ever before – here’s why

A storyline on UK TV soap Hollyoaks in late 2017 was praised as a “masterpiece of television” after focusing on the issue of self harm in young people. Article by Chris Nicholson, University of Essex The show, which worked with charities Samaritans and Mind on the...

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Is there anything more frustrating than other kids' parents? I mean, we are each others' biggest support, but so often our biggest hurdle too. It makes my blood boil when other kids' parents let them do really stupid things. Because then my kid wants to do them too. I...

21 TED Talks for parents that will help you realise you’re enough

21 TED Talks for parents that will help you realise you’re enough

Parenting can be a lonely, bumpy road. It's a struggle to feel like you're doing a good job, even when you're probably doing a very good job. These TED Talks for parents will (a) help you out if you feel a bit stuck and (b) remind you that it's not just the kids who...

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Slow cooker butter chicken

Slow cooker butter chicken

You're going to love this slow cooker butter chicken. My kids love butter chicken but before we all decided that butter was a good thing (happy days), I used to panic at the thought of them eating it. It just sounds so… lardy. Then I discovered that butter chicken...

Are you neglecting the most powerful act of self-care?

Are you neglecting the most powerful act of self-care?

Many of us are (rightfully) focused on taking care of our health, eating nourishing whole foods and trying to be active … while meditating and flossing and taking some time of disconnection, away from devices. These are each a wonderful act of self-care, and they...

How to help your child be more assertive

How to help your child be more assertive

My middle child is a shy one. She's full of beans and very outgoing when she is comfortable, but struggles when she doesn't know people well. In fact, I'd go so far to say that being asked to be more assertive with people she doesn't know is the very, very worst thing...

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