A (blogging) safe space

Earlier this week, I wrote about my first ever blogging wobble. With my youngest child now a teenager and my eldest fast approaching adulthood, I’ve started to question whether I should still be blogging about them.

But I love blogging. It’s a great outlet for getting thoughts and feelings out, as well as connecting with parents in a similar situation. I had some great suggestions of slightly different directions I could take my blog in – and you will probably spot a few of those in the coming months.

But the biggest thing that came out of it was other bloggers who have teenagers saying they could relate. There’s not many of us about for various reasons – a big one being that we just don’t feel comfortable talking about our kids online any more. Those stories are not ours to share, they are our kids’ stories.

For many parents, the teenage years are the hardest. Whether it’s problems with school, bad behaviour at home, drinking, friendship and relationship issues or mental health problems, teenagers have a lot to deal with. And parents are with them every step of the way – picking up the pieces, drying the tears and being at the sharp end of a teenage meltdown.

This is a lot for us parents to cope with too, while also juggling the demands of our other kids, as well as work and running a home. If you can’t talk about what your family is going through, it can feel very isolating. We can feel like we’re the only ones dealing with these issues. Perhaps our kids aren’t normal?

How can we know if we can’t talk about it?

So I’m offering my blog as a safe space. If you want to offload about anything to do with your teenagers that you don’t feel comfortable talking about on your own blog – you can use my blog anonymously. It can be a place for other parents to connect and a reminder that they’re not the only ones.

The teenage years may be tough. But we don’t have to stay silent about it and we don’t have to go through it alone.

I am offering space on my blog to parents of tweens, teenagers and young adults aged 10 right up to 25, who want to talk about what they and their children are going through. If you would like to share your story in complete confidence, email me at mumofthreeworld@gmail.com 

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. What a good idea. I think it is important for parents to be able to have their voices heard but having to balance the issue of whose story it is to share is a tricky one. This is a good way of doing that and being able to share those challenges.

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    • Thanks very much. I really hope people will take me up on the offer because a lot of parents have said they would like to share their stories and also to read what other families are going through.

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  2. Great thing to do Sarah, thanks for offering your blog up!

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    • Thanks very much. I really hope some parents will give it a go.

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    • Thanks very much. I really hope it will help parents.

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    • Thanks very much! I really hope other parents feel confident to take part.

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    • Thanks very much! I really hope people take me up on it, because I think a lot of other parents would really appreciate being able to read about the reality of life with teenagers. x

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  3. totaly true, Fifi has been through some things, fairly normal things for her age group but as you say not my story to tell.
    You have to be comfortable with them coming back to you in the years to come and answer honestly when they ask why did you write I had done this, or that we had a massive argument and I said that etc and justify your writing.
    I also feel what we write may one day impact on them when applying for a job. will a future employer be worried by say your 16 year old self harming and wondering how stable they may be now etc?

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    • I know I wrote about the boys arguing back in the day, but they were probably both still at primary school then (or at least one of them was). I wouldn’t write about that stuff now. I hadn’t even considered employers, but I’ve always kept my kids anonymous on the blog, which helps. I do wonder if people starting out writing about their beautiful toddlers, naming them and sharing photos, have considered the longer term.

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