When is the right time to talk to your kids about puberty and sex? I wish I knew! What I will say is for me we have always talked about our bodies and so taking that further to talk about puberty and sex wasn’t as embarrassing as I thought it might be. My boys are 15 and 16 now and I think we started to talk about puberty and how their body changes when they were about 8. Mainly as children mature earlier today and I didn’t want them to start experiencing changes in their bodies without having discussed it.
Online Maths Tuition for Teenagers – is it worth it? is a paid collaborative post in conjunction with TuitionWorks, however, as always all opinions and thoughts are my own (or Mini’s opinion)! I am not going to lie, as a mum to two teenage boys lockdown created some real issues for us from an educational perspective. Neither of my boys really found online learning engaging. Maxi was in year 11 so felt pressured to attend live lessons for his GCSE’s, but he really didn’t enjoy them at all. Mini who is in year 10, couldn’t engage with learning in any way during. We discovered that live lessons with zero feedback did more »
Laundry Tips for Sensitive Skin is a paid collaborative post with Surcare UK. We are a house where 50% of the household has eczema and skin issues (well 3 out of 5 of us if you count Alvin the dog as he has issues too) and this means that we have to take a lot of care over laundry products and such. I am always really are when it comes to moving from one product to another one.
How to Help your Teens through Exams is a collaborative post with Trespass. Exam season can be tough on kids and parents in normal situations, add in a year like this and woah it can be a real challenge to help your teens through Exams season, especially when you have teachers and school informing them just how essential both their mocks and finals are.
This is a call to cancel exams in England in 2021. After reading Who’s the Mummy’s post on Why we need to cancel GCSE’s and my youngest child being sent home to isolate for the second time in one term, I decided to stop just talking about cancelling exams for year 11 and 13 in 2021 but to actively find our how I could campaign and make my voice heard.
Before I begin, let’s all get on the same page. Manifestation is the concept that a person can “call” something into existence through Intention, prayer, or thought. People have been talking about manifestation and the law of attraction for a long time on the internet and as a parent, I have some concerns about it especially when I see it used on Instagram and other social media platforms. So it is time to cut the nonsense. You can’t manifest it, you have to work for it. What parents of teenagers need to know about manifestation and the law of attraction.
There is so much information surrounding Coronavirus that even as an adult it scares me, which is why it is so important to talk to kids about coronavirus but in a way that will not scare the s^%$ out of them. As a parent, I always think it is better that they here age-appropriate information form us rather than hearsay and fear from the playground or fear-mongering from the media.
As a family, we take more photos than ever before. It is estimated that in 2020 over 1.4 trillion digital photographs will be taken. Many are shared on social media but many more will be forgotten. With so many photos taken it can be hard to decide which ones to print or to even bother to print any at all.
Teen Bedroom Update is a paid collaborative post with Bostik. Over the last six months, we have been working on updating Mini’s bedroom. You can see exactly what we did on our earlier post. However, he has been desperate to move his Xbox to his room over the winter from the conservatory as the rain means he needs to have the volume loud.
Maxi is in the throws of his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award at the moment and as dutiful parents, we have been to all the meetings and tried to be as helpful as possible. There is so much information out there for parents when their child is doing their DofE but just what do you really need to know?
Decorating with Teens is a paid collaboration with Dulux Easycare. One of my aims as a parent is to give my children life skills. One of those is decorating. I remember painting with my Dad and Grandad from a very early age. I had a boiler suit that I used to wear and remember one disaster when I got gloss paint in my long brown hair which meant it had to be washed in white spirit and smelled for what seems like weeks!
How Parents protect their Children from Laser Pointers – Lasers are not Toys is a paid collaborative post in conjunction with RoSPA. As the mum of a tween and a teen, I am well aware of the lure of lasers. Both of my boys have at some point asked for one and we have had to sit them down and explain that although lasers are fabulous things and have some brilliant uses such as in medicine and industry that they are not toys.
As all parents know sleep really is the holy grail of parenting, whether it is you not getting enough or encouraging the kids to go to bed and sleep or to stay in bed longer. So I am delighted to be teaming up with Otty for this fabulous giveaway for an Otty mattress and two pillows worth £600. We have an Otty mattress (well Maxi does), so I can testify just how fabulous it is and how amazing this giveaway is.