Home Education, or Home Schooling, as it’s more commonly known has never really been on my radar. I did once toy with the idea of it when my son was being bullied at Primary School, and if I’d known then … Continue reading Mental Well-being is more important than anything.
We took a trip to the longest show cave in Britain, White Scar Cave. The tour lasts about 80 minutes and shows you some incredible sights, from stalactites and stalagmites that are over 100,000 years old to a cavern that … Continue reading More Summer adventures: Caving and ice-cream
A teenager’s mind is somewhere best left alone. It’s not working properly anyway and it’s all confused and back to front. Everything you have ever taught your child will be forgotten, I’m hoping they store this information ready to use again once they hit their 20’s… Things like Talking Eating with your mouth closed Using a knife and fork Tying your shoelaces Please and thank you Forming sentences. Only time will tell. For now all the advice I can offer is this… Say goodbye to your cups, plates, glasses, cutlery, oven dishes, cheese grater. They will all … Continue reading How to survive your child’s teenage years…
With a teenager in the house life seems to sometimes revert back to when there was a toddler in the house. Going out anywhere takes four times longer than it should. Conversation has been reduced to a series of noises and bedtime is a nightmare, needing military precision planning and bribery. I know things are being re-wired in his brain. He’s going through a transformation of sorts, so I can almost forgive him. It would be nice, however, to be able to do things as a family without a thousand complaints from the teenager! If Chris and I think it’s … Continue reading Are you ready for Summer?
I have had discussions with my son in the past about things that he wasn’t allowed to do. Whether that be playing further away from the house when he was little, staying up late, drinking fizzy drinks or eating sweets that will eventually rot his teeth. At first, when he was little, he listened and most of the time he did as he was told because I’m his Mum and at that age, to him, I knew best. Then as he got older he started to think for himself and develop his own idea of what was good … Continue reading Things I Wish I’d Known When I was 16
A few days ago I posted about my son and his financial knowledge. I included a diagram of my bank account activity and promised to enlighten you all with a follow-up regarding his insight and opinion… First and foremost I managed to coax him out of his room with promises of hot chocolate and pieces of chocolate orange. I also promised to not keep him away from GTA v for longer than 20 minutes. I sat him down, unravelled the diagram and was ready to met with gasps and ‘woahs’. The sort that conveyed his shock and bewilderment at just how … Continue reading My teenager and money
I spoke to my 13-year-old son the other day about learning the value of money. My Dad used to say this to me when I was younger every time I asked for some money for the shop and I always thought “Well, I know the value of money” whilst looking down in to my hand. “that one’s 10p, that one’s 50p, the shiny gold ones are worth £1 and the paper ones are the most valuable” His words were clearly lost on me. After many years and sleepless nights worrying about how I could budget my outgoings, I seem to, … Continue reading Does your teenager know the real value of money?
I’ve not given you the attention you deserve, the undivided acknowledgement that I should have bestowed upon your every waking hour. You have surely deserved better, I know you have. It hurts me deep inside, it’s a gut wrenching guilt that breaks me from inside. Is this how all parents feel? Or have I genuinely been wrong over and over again? I regret the days I didn’t spend with you, the mud pies we didn’t make, the cakes we didn’t bake together. Does it make a difference that now I realise the things I have missed out on, or am … Continue reading Parental Woes