Happy birthday, 18 year old son!
Oct19

Happy birthday, 18 year old son!

My younger son, my beautiful boy, is 18 years old. I can’t believe I now have two adult ‘children’. My son came into the world as a big, grey baby. He was 9lb 3 and slow to start breathing and crying. He spent a few hours in special care due to a heart murmur, where he attracted a fair bit of attention. Even ‘normal’ sized babies were a phenomenon there. Nine pound babies were unheard of! My younger son...

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Reluctant Veganuary
Jan20

Reluctant Veganuary

At the end of last year, my eldest asked me if I wanted to do Veganuary with him. I didn’t. I’ve been vegetarian since I was 17. We initially raised our eldest without red meat, and he’d rejected chicken and fish by the time he was about 5. So he has been vegetarian for most of his life. I am very happy being a vegetarian. You can tell me that it’s healthier and better for the environment for me to be vegan....

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Parenting an adult: Not charging rent
Nov06

Parenting an adult: Not charging rent

My son is now 18 and has been working for a couple of months. We are adjusting to life parenting an adult. Once my son started work, I’d always assumed we would start charging him rent to live at home. To be honest, even if he wasn’t doing an apprenticeship or a ‘proper job’, I assumed we would charge him a bit. It’s not that we need the money (although of course it would be nice), but it’s about...

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Parenting an adult
Oct09

Parenting an adult

I’m more than three months into parenting an adult now. So how does it differ from parenting a 16 or 17 year old? Technically of course, it shouldn’t really change a lot. On a young adult’s 18th birthday, they are still only one day older than they were the day before. No wiser. No more grown up. But that number 18 is huge to them. It means so much. How do you balance that with your own life as a parent? Of course,...

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