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Teens & Tweens Round-up: Education, education, education!

For parents of teens and tweens, this is the time of year when education becomes even more important than normal. Concerns about education inevitably increase with the age of your child and the stakes get higher. You worry about what primary school they will go to, only to realise that you worry more about secondary […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: Great spring reads

Spring has been a little slow to make its mark this year. The daffodils are blooming. Our teens are heading out the door without a coat. However, temperatures refuse to rise for more than a few days and large parts of the country have been blanketed in snow! From what I could see in the […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: Good reads to warm you up

Hands up how many of you have asked your tween or teen to put on a warmer coat this month. That’s all of you then! There is something flowing through the blood of adolescents that seems to make them resistant to cold. Warm and water proof clothing is an abomination to them. This is just […]

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

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful break with your big kids and enjoyed having them back in the family home if they were living away. We had a wonderful break away in New York which was magical but more about that later. Now we are rolling into the New Year and dealing […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: Learn & think

It’s quite scary that we have already reached the final round-up of 2017. It was quite an eventful year for young people. We heard some frightening statistics about teenage mental health. We read about the effects of social media on teen self-esteem, school work and exercise. Student finance was in the news and a significant […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: Learn, laugh & think!

So here we are, nicely settled into autumn. Hopefully we have established some sort of routine with our big kids. Those of us who waved goodbye to university students will be getting used to the new dynamics within the household. Those of us with high school kids will have battled through those early teething problems […]

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Teens & Tweens Round-up: Exciting times ahead

Welcome to the Autumn! I hope your Summer was full of fun and that you made loads of gorgeous memories with your teens and tweens. This is the time of year when they all seem to move a few steps away from us. Older teens depart for university and younger children move up to higher […]

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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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Teen & Tween Round-up: They’re not so bad!

Sometimes when I start pulling these round-ups together, a theme seems to develop. This month, I’m pleased to say, we seem to have a lot of positive posts about how teenagers really aren’t that bad really! It’s great to welcome a few newer bloggers to the round-up this time. Parenting teenagers isn’t easy, so it’s […]

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