How to get a teenager to do their homework
Oct14

How to get a teenager to do their homework

If you’ve come here looking for answers, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place. I am firmly of the view that you CAN’T get your teenager to do their homework. Not if they are a certain type of personality. No doubt there are a few very strict families out there who rule their kids by fear – and have done from very small – who can’t get their teenagers to do their homework. But we are not...

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Silent Sunday 13.10.19
Oct13

Silent Sunday 13.10.19

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Project 365 2019 Week 41
Oct12

Project 365 2019 Week 41

We’ve all enjoyed the Cheltenham Literature Festival and my daughter has been having a tough time at school. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 279 – Sunday 6th October – we started the day with a 10 mile run, which my husband found quite hard as he is still suffering a bit from Cheltenham half marathon. In the afternoon, I went to two events at Cheltenham Literature Festival, one on my own and and one with...

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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Oct11

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

I absolutely loved Lisa Jewell’s recent psychological thrillers (Watching You, I Found You and Then She Was Gone), so when I saw her latest novel – The Family Upstairs – in Sainsbury’s (my top tip for buying books cheaply), I was very excited. I didn’t even bother to read the blurb to find out what it was about, because I knew I would love it. And I wasn’t wrong. This book is an absolute triumph. I...

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Parenting an adult
Oct09

Parenting an adult

I’m more than three months into parenting an adult now. So how does it differ from parenting a 16 or 17 year old? Technically of course, it shouldn’t really change a lot. On a young adult’s 18th birthday, they are still only one day older than they were the day before. No wiser. No more grown up. But that number 18 is huge to them. It means so much. How do you balance that with your own life as a parent? Of course,...

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