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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Teens & Tweens Round-up: The end of the beginning?

Oh what a sentimental time of year this is! The frantic pace of school life reaches ridiculous heights in July as the end of the school year approaches. Parents of kids in Years 13, 11 and 6 are feeling the strain. If you have kids in a combination of these you have dealt with school […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: Summer at last

The summer has finally arrived. Tweens and teens are making the most of the sun. For tweens, the SATS and tests are finally behind them but many of our older teens are still in the middle of university exams, A levels and GCSEs. I have a few tips here to help with those mid-revision blues! […]

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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 […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: The highs & lows

At last we seem to emerging from a long, dark winter! The spring flowers are blooming. There is even the glint of sun in the sky every now and again, swiftly followed by an icy downpour. This is what it can be like parenting tweens and teens and this month’s round up is a reflection […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: A transition toolkit

Transition is not always easy and it can leave us feeling anxious. The teen/tween transition can be a very anxious time, for both children and parents. In the round-up this month I have some very moving posts describing this anxiety and others that act as a tool kit to tackle it. It’s all balanced out […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: Waiting for Independence Day!

The transition from child to adult starts with the tweens, perhaps around the age of ten. It stops whenever you feel your child becomes an adult. Legally, of course, that is at 18 years of age. Yet we all know many people in their mid-twenties (and much older) that we would hesitate to refer to […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: New Year, new challenges!

Hello to 2017! What will the New Year bring for us to cope with? As families with teens and tweens we are looking forward to 2017 with a mixture of excitement and dread! There will be huge milestones ahead for our kids. They may be leaving primary school, leaving high school or leaving home and […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: How do I look?

The festive season is looming and we all want to look our best. Teens and tweens are no exception. This may come as a bit of a shock! Appearance is not exactly high on the priority list for young kids. Many of them could easily go for months without washing their faces or running a […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: The challenge of letting go

Here we go, hurtling through the Autumn term. It’s throwing a lot at us! Our teens and tweens have a lot to keep us busy at this time of year. This can range from from high school open days to countless sporting commitments. It is hard work but as Emma & 3 reminds us, we […]

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Teen & Tween Round-up: Looking to the future

The new academic year is underway. This means that parents of teens and tweens will be looking to the future. It’s exciting and it can be daunting too. Sometimes it seems that once your children enter Year 6, you are constantly looking to the next stage and making changes; the next school /college/university, the next […]

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