Leaving my son home alone
May21

Leaving my son home alone

I wrote very recently about wondering when is the right time to give my 16 year old son more freedom. He’s coming to the end of Year 12 now and could potentially be leaving home in just over a year and I want him to be prepared for the big, bad work and able to stand on his own two feet. But at the same time, my instinct is to protect him and keep him safe. As it happens, our hands were forced a bit on giving him more freedom....

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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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Holiday with our teenager
Aug31

Holiday with our teenager

We have two teenage boys. While one of them displays some definite teenage behaviour – he’s stubborn, he goes to bed to late and he is addicted to his phone – it is the other who is the ‘true’ teenager. At 16, he can at times behave like a mature and responsible young adult. He is a pleasure to spend time with on his own. But bring his brother and sister into the equation and he is a typical teenager. He...

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The importance of Scout camps
Aug23

The importance of Scout camps

Whenever I write about Scout camps, people say to me that they couldn’t bear it if their kids went away. They don’t know how they would cope without them. They’re dreading the day their kids are old enough to go away… I’ll be honest, I don’t look forward to it either. Sometimes I dread it too. I really miss them when they’re away. Sometimes I’d like to just keep them at home, all wrapped...

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The French exchange: Loud ‘n’ Proud
Jul02

The French exchange: Loud ‘n’ Proud

My teenage son is many things. But he is rarely caring or responsible. He’s not a bad kid by any means, but he’s a typical teenage boy – a bit grumpy, uncommunicative, sleeps at the wrong times, nicks far too many biscuits out of the cupboards and is on a one-boy mission to make his brother and sister’s lives a misery. Like pretty much all teenage boys the world over. Every morning at 7.15, I make my first...

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