The new school: Catty behaviour
Nov13

The new school: Catty behaviour

Everybody says it. Girls are catty. Girls are nasty. But I’d never seen it myself. I know some girls struggle with other girls being nasty from as young as 6 or 7, but my daughter has never experienced it. I like to think it’s because she’s so nice, but I know the reality is that she’s just lucky. She’s never been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Never had that face that someone has taken a dislike...

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Think of the teenagers
Jun12

Think of the teenagers

Recently I’ve been finding myself getting annoyed by people’s thoughtless, thruway comments saying like ‘It was good there, but there were lots of teenagers’ and ‘They let too many teenagers in’. And… ? Those ‘teenagers’ are a) human beings and b) children. One day, soon enough, your delightful two year old and your cute six year old will also be a teenager. And will you love them...

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Talking to my daughter about puberty
Apr25

Talking to my daughter about puberty

I’ve been meaning to talk to my daughter about puberty for nearly 18 months now, but somehow it just didn’t happen. We were always busy and it was hard to find time, as well as space where we wouldn’t be interrupted by the boys. But she’s 11 now. I really needed to do it. Of course my biggest fear was that she would start her periods and would have no idea what was happening. But I didn’t actually think...

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Shopping with my daughter
Mar13

Shopping with my daughter

My daughter has loved fashion since she was tiny and has always enjoyed a flick through the Next Directory or a wander round the shop looking at clothes. But since Christmas, she has stepped it up a level. She’s really got into shopping. I enjoyed shopping as a teenager and before I had kids, but it’s a long time since I’ve been to shops for anything more than purely functional reasons. But my daughter has requested...

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Books for tweens: Karen McCombie
Oct30

Books for tweens: Karen McCombie

The more enlightened among you may believe there’s ‘no difference’ in books for boys and girls. But I’ve got two boys and a girl who would all beg to differ on that point. How many girls do you know who have read Beast Quest? How many boys who have read Jacqueline Wilson? Over the years, my boys have both read very similar books to each other – Jeremy Strong, Harry Potter, Alex Rider… but my...

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