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My 5 non-negotiable rules for teen romance

My 5 non-negotiable rules for teen romance

OMG, teen romance! It deserves an exclamation point. When my kids started having (gosh) intimate relationships it was equal parts life-affirming and terrifying. Probably more on the terrifying side of things, now that I think about it. My four offspring are all...

The top 5 questions tweens have about puberty

The top 5 questions tweens have about puberty

It's no surprise then that tweens on the brink of puberty have questions. Lots and lots of questions. And these aren't little questions, either. Nope. Rather, our kids' questions about puberty are deep. They cut right into the heart of who they are as people and who...

“I hate that my daughter has a sex life”

“I hate that my daughter has a sex life”

Oh boy, where to begin!? Do I just come out and say it? I hate that my daughter has a sex life. There you go, it's out, just like that. I hate, hate, hate it. This post was written by an anonymous Mumlyfe reader To begin, I never thought I'd write an anonymous story...

How to talk to teens about consent (yes, even if it’s awkward AF!)

How to talk to teens about consent (yes, even if it’s awkward AF!)

We know that we need to talk to teens about consent. Actually, we need to talk to all kids about consent. It needs to be a routine discussion, where we ask them things like, "Do you mind if I give you a hug?" and they get to say "Not today" and that's the end of the...

13 Reasons Why Season 2 review: What parents need to know

13 Reasons Why Season 2 review: What parents need to know

13 Reasons Why Season 2 was certain to incite debate. Season 1 provided considerable discussion about the graphic depiction of suicide, in addition to a range of associated issues including social exclusion, bullying, regrettable behaviours, alcohol and other drug...

Can we talk about sex when you’re the parent of older kids?

Can we talk about sex when you’re the parent of older kids?

My sex life has never been this hard, I swear. And I don't mean that in a good way. There's a lot of talk out there about the impossibility of having sex when the kids are young. You're both too tired, the kids are demanding, yada, yada, yada. But what about trying to...

Love, Simon is a film all parents should see with their kids

Love, Simon is a film all parents should see with their kids

Max and I had another mate night tonight, heading out to see teen flick Love, Simon. I'll admit that after our recent Ladybird sex scene challenge , there may have been some slight trepidation about seeing a movie about a gay teen coming out during high school with my...

Thanks Ladybird, for the real AF first-sex scene

Thanks Ladybird, for the real AF first-sex scene

I went and saw Ladybird at the movies with my son. "Don't call it a date night," he shrieked when I called it a date night for the 47th time. "But it's a lovely night out with my favourite son," I told my only son. "You can call it a mate night," he answered...

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Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Years ago, when the children were small and there were only two of them, we would talk about our best and worst parts of the day at dinnertime. Gathered around our timber dining table, a candle burning, night falling, we started a tradition that has since become a...

Why Heartstopper needs to be on your watch list

Why Heartstopper needs to be on your watch list

If you've got a high school-aged kid, chances are that the Netflix show Heartstopper will be on your radar. Everyone is watching it. Everyone is falling in love with it. And that's a very good thing indeed. It may as well be called Heartwarmer, because this show is...

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

I've fallen so far behind in everything in life (I know you've been there). I was supposed to introduce you to this marvellous apple and blackberry pie from Sophie Hanson's new book at least a month ago. Yet here we are. Don't let my delayed introduction put you off...

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