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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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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The drinking competition
Mar24

The drinking competition

After a triumphant morning of rugby, my younger son went to help out at the school fair. As I was finishing my lunch, I got a text ‘I don’t feel well. Can you pick me up now?’ I dropped everything and went. Trying not to panic. But I’m a real worrier when it comes to illness. I had a lot of thoughts running through my head. The first was – Please don’t let him be sick in my car. He was going to a...

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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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