I know there are teenage boys in the house because they belong to me and aren’t old enough to move out yet. But, even if you didn’t, the clues are everywhere. The kitchen explosion. It will appear as if there has been a minor armed uprising in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter how recently order... Read more »
Full name: Ellen Arnison
I'm a freelance writer and blogger with three sons and a husband. We live in Scotland My kids are four, 11 and 14, so I've seen quite a few stages of education from a parent's point of view.
This year my middle son is making the leap up from primary to join his big brother in secondary school – he’s gregarious boy and I hadn’t really given a thought to the move. Certainly, when his more cautious brother moved up three years ago, we worked very hard at making feel confident and easing... Read more »
From the outside, this is a perfectly normal semi-detached family home. There are bikes on their way to the shed, boots in the hall and far more lights on than necessary. However, something very strange has happened to the occupants. Or one of them. He has become teenagers. Do you remember that Kevin The Teenager... Read more »
Perhaps at first you can’t quite believe it. You catch the unmistakable whiff off your teenager and convince yourself that you are wrong. But then you smell it again – they are definitely smoking. It’s almost inconceivable that someone would start smoking – given the huge body of evidence about the harm smoking does, given the... Read more »
Looking for a challenge and an opportunity to learn and have fun? There’s no denying that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is a great opportunity to do this and get recognised for your achievements. In the organisation’s own words it gives young people, aged from 14 to 24 “the chance to develop skills for... Read more »