Teens & Tweens Round-up: Let the learning commence!

The season of tests and exams is upon us! Our tweens and teens are working towards their SATs, numeracy and literacy tests and, of course, GCSEs and A levels. This can be a very stressful time for many young people but it will all be over soon and they have the long summer break to look forward to.

If you are in the midst of this, Jo over at Mother of Teenagers has some sound advice for you in her super useful post However, I want to give you a quick reminder that our kids are not the only ones who are learning. As parents, we are learning all the time and here are some posts that will help you do just that.

My post is about what teens need to know if they are thinking about getting a tattoo. Some of the pictures on what can go wrong with a tattoo are a bit shocking. The decision on getting a tattoo is down to them, they are over 18 years of age after all, but we all want that to be an informed decision. I’d also like to share a very informative post over at Mum of Three World which has some essential facts about acne – in all its stages of severity. This is essential reading if your teen is starting to develop some skin problems. Finally, this post over at Everyone’s Buck Stops Here is a personal account on selective mutism and I learned a lot from reading it. I’m sure you will too. 

This can be a worrying time for our tweens especially because they are starting to think about the transfer to high school. This very useful post at Truly Madly Kids tackles this head on by listing many of the rights of passage that take place with the change of schools. One of them is getting a mobile phone. Of course, mobile phones are an inevitable part of high school life and Nicky from Not Just the 3 of Us shares her thoughts on this very subject in her thought-provoking post. School trips are a part of high school and we all have to get used to that. It helps if you can see the funny side when you are packing off your off-spring for a week or so without you! This hilarious post from Experienced Bad Mom made me chuckle for ages! 

So finally we get to the thorny issue of money. Tweens and teens like to have control of their own budgets and it can be hard to work out how to do that. Some families hand over pocket money whilst others pay out for completed chores or homework. Money can be a way of rewarding good behaviour when your kids are too old for sticker charts! My post gives some ideas on how you can combine money rewards with a safe debit card. 

Good luck to everyone for the upcoming SATs, tests and exams!

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About Sharon Parry

Sharon is a Mum to three fabulous tween and teen daughters. After leaving a scientific academic career to raise her family she discovered the world of writing which ultimately led to her launching her blog http://www.aftertheplayground.com in early 2016. As a veteran of the parenting scene, you’d think she’d know what she was doing by now. She doesn’t. Instead, she is gradually adjusting to parenting teens and adult children and will probably become an expert shortly after her youngest leaves home. She shares her experiences of defining this fascinating stage of motherhood (and of herself) on her blog and at @DrSharonParry1.

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