Tweens/Teens


Laundry Tips for Sensitive Skin

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.


What parents of teenagers need to know about Manifestation – You can’t manifest it, you have to work for it

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.


How to talk to kids about Coronavirus without scaring them

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.


Teen Bedroom Update 1

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.


Decorating with Teens – Life Skills

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

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.


Win a Double Mattress and Two Pillows from Otty worth £600 339

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.


Fab Teen Approved Family Activities 1

Fab teen approved family activities is a paid collaborative post with Track Days. Having a teenager is taking some getting used to here in The Mad House. No longer can I coax them out of the house with the promise of a picnic and park day as I have done in the past. No the lure of their Xbox and friends (and for some teens their bed) is far too strong. So I have promised the boys that we will do one teen approved family activity a week.


Should you pay your teens to do chores? 1

Should you pay your teens to do chores? is a collaboration with Indesit. I used to be one of those smug mothers, you know the ones.  I thought that I had it sussed. My children helped with chores, they cleaned up, tidied and didn’t complain.  I even wrote about ways to get your kids to help do the chores.   Oh well, what I can tell you is that karma totally is a thing…..