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 with the challenges that are being thrown in our direction. The New Year brings us delights such as UCAS deadlines, mock public examinations and even option choices. Good luck with all of it!

So many of our lovely tween and teen parent bloggers have been busy churning out some fantastic posts. There’s a great combination of posts that will make you laugh and some that will make you reflect on what it means to be a parent of a tween, teen or young adult child. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

This month’s selected blog posts

Here are the top posts from parent bloggers this month:

  • Here is a fantastic post called Absent Sibling Syndrome from Mother of Teenagers blog. It gives a fascinating analysis of sibling relationships once one of them has left home. It’s a rarely discussed subject but one that affects so many families. An essential read if you have a child leaving for university soon.
  • The Next Best Thing to Mummy has a brilliant post (Give Teenagers a Chance) calling for less stereotyping of teenagers and asking for them to be treated with more respect with examples of where this has worked. I wanted to shout ‘Yes!!’ after reading it.
  • Chicken Ruby Blog has a very insightful post called Assisting a School leaver into work about the challenges of helping a teen find employment as a parent who is living in another country. This is a unique viewpoint which illustrates some important points about continuing to support your child in their later teens.  
  • Another subject that is not written about very often is teen transport! I loved this post from Old House in the Shires called 5 reasons why I’m happy to be my teenagers taxi driver which you will certainly relate to as a parent of teens.
  • I have shared my post about our recent family trip with our three tween and teen daughters to New York. It’s called 10 Things to do in New York with teens at Christmas. It is a magical city at Christmas time and one that many teens are very keen to visit so I hope you enjoy reading about our itinerary and pick up a few tips. 
  • Here is a great post from Rachna Says called WHY IS PRESSURE INEVITABLE FOR OUR TEENS? This superbly written post is about teen pressures on another continent but could not be more relevant to teens in the UK. It demonstrates the universal experiences of our young people. 
  • Finally, there is this great post from Reflections from me blog called How should a teenager dress? This is another tricky subject but a I love this up-beat, positive story of individuality.


Good luck with your New Year’s resolutions (if you haven’t broken them already)! If you have a blog post that you think will be useful for Mums and Dads of tweens, teens or young adult children I would love to read it. You can submit it for consideration by emailing me at [email protected]. Take care and I’ll see you next month.

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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.


  1. 25 January 2018 / 08:00

    oh wow thank you for including my post in this wonderful line up, i have read many of these posts and agree they are great reads for anyone with tweens or teens!