Being teetotal
Nov11

Being teetotal

I’ve mentioned being teetotal a few times over the years in passing, but realise I’ve never written a full post on it. For me, being teetotal is easy. Because I’ve never known any different. Not drinking alcohol wasn’t initially a conscious decision. My friends all started going to the pub in 6th form, and I went with them. Some of them drank, some of them didn’t. We were only 16 or 17, but this was the...

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My biggest teenage parenting struggle
Mar26

My biggest teenage parenting struggle

I’m nearly five years into parenting teenagers. I now have three teenagers – one of them nearly an adult, one who is 15 and a half and one who is just 13. I’ll be honest, I’ve been pretty lucky with them. Yes, they can be stubborn sods. They argue with each other too much. They’re a nightmare to get out of bed. They go to bed too late and one of them is very, very untidy. BUT they don’t argue with...

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We had a teenage party
Jul23

We had a teenage party

I’m not sure why my son wanted a party for his 17th birthday. Neither of my boys have been interested in doing much for their birthdays for a few years now. Maybe it’s because he’s so much happier and more settled at his new school. Or maybe it’s because he’s seen others have them. But, either way, my son was determined to have a teenage party in the garden. And I was not keen. As he was away on Explorer...

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Teenagers – when is the right time to let go?
May08

Teenagers – when is the right time to let go?

My 16 year old son is pretty well behaved. He doesn’t skip school, he doesn’t go out without us knowing where he is and he comes in on time. We’ve never had any reason to think he’s into drugs or smoking. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t drink. He doesn’t like the taste of beer or wine and although he jokes about spirits, he’s never come in drunk or smelling of alcohol. He’s been offered...

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Teenagers and alcohol: Are you drinkaware?
Nov18

Teenagers and alcohol: Are you drinkaware?

Teenagers drink. I know that. But, when it comes to my own 14 year old son, I must admit to burying my head in the sand. Because my son won’t drink, will he? A recent post by fellow blogger Emma from Emmaand3 got me thinking – he’s actually getting to the age where he might start drinking. Undoubtedly there will be some of his friends and schoolmates who already are drinking regularly – preferably small amounts...

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