Teen and Tween Round-up: Secondary school and settling down

teen boy with ipad miniA few weeks into the new term and hopefully we’re all settling down. Our big kids and us, as parents, should be getting used to our new routines – new schools, new subjects and even university.

So here’s what our teens and tweens have been up to this month…

As her kids start a new school year, Suzanne from 3 Children and It is feeling a little emotional, and taking some advice from mummy birds on letting her ‘babies’ fly.

If there’s one blogger who really knows tweens, it’s Nikki aka Stressy Mummy. Her posts always resonate with me, especially this moving one about still seeing the child deep down inside your big, grown up kid. I can see so much of my own son in this one.

Stressy Mummy hits the nail on the head again with signs your child has started secondary school. Anyone else recognise these?

Still talking of secondary school, Natasha the at The 1970s Diet has some tips for parents of new or soon-to-start secondary pupils. They are a) very funny and b) very useful. 

So do kids change when they start secondary school? Of course they do! Stressed Mum can’t believe how much her daughter changed in the first couple of weeks, but it’s all really positive.

Starting secondary school can be overwhelming – and not just for the kids! Throwing a new school into the mix for an already very busy family isn’t always easy, as I’ve discovered at MumofThree World.

Once they’re at secondary school (and sometimes even before), reading can become one of the many things which are now ‘not cool’. I love these tips from Thinking Parenting on encouraging your kids to read without actually reading books.

It’s not so long since Sounding Like My Mother had her male teen ‘upgraded’. Now she’s taken delivery of a brand new model – a girl. Laugh (or weep) at the moan chip, varying temperament and foreign language chip (street version) installed in a 13 year old girl.

Making her first appearance on the round-up is The Mulk and her tips for making a teenager listen – try grabbing their hand in public and suddenly they’re all ears!

Over at MumofThree World I’ve got my own tongue-in-cheek tips for teenagers on how they might just make their lives a little bit easier… (It involves listening to their parents, I can dream, can’t I?!)

A big milestone for teenage boys is the first shave. I’m sure it’s not far away for my own son and I’d never considered that it might be scary. So I’m grateful to Kara at Chelsea Mamma for sharing these useful tips on helping boys to shave.

You can always rely on Best Dad I Can Be for a laugh, but this month he’s making a good point about our first world problems – while our teens would rather their food came from M&S than Morrisons, there are children washed up on a Turkish beach.

The educational merry-go-round never stops. Over at Pink Oddy, Joy’s son has just started university and all over the country young people are starting to think about open days and starting university next year. Joy shares some very useful tips on things you may not know you need to do when a child starts university. I’ll be revisiting this post in a few years’ time!

At Rock ‘n’ Roll Mum, Sonya’s daughter has just started university too. This post, written just before she started, seems to sum up that emotional time perfectly.

That’s about it for this month. If you’d like to be considered for next month’s round-up, please tweet me your links. In the meantime, add your links to the linky below. See you next month!

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About Sarah Wood

Sarah is mum to a teenage boy and a tween boy and girl. When it comes to primary school stuff, she’s got it sussed. But she’s realising that as secondary school and puberty hit, she’s still got a lot to learn!
Between tweeting, blogging and parenting, Sarah is a freelance PR and copywriter, who still finds time to run long distances and eat a lot of chocolate. It doesn’t leave much time for housework.


  1. 04 October 2015 / 19:22

    Thank you so much for including me, I am off to have a read of the other posts

    • 06 October 2015 / 11:02

      You’re very welcome! I can always relate so well to your posts and I’m sure lots of other parents will too.

  2. 05 October 2015 / 12:49

    Thank you for the mention. I am so very honoured that you included me with other great bloggers. I have had this silly grin on my face since yesterday. Can’t wait to read the other blog posts. Thanks again.