“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you“. Nora Ephron
We are both mums of older children, friends, a nurse, a sexual health facilitator and were both teaching assistants at a large comprehensive school. Over several years and countless issues that came our way as our children grew, we realised that there is very little out there, in the way of resources, to support parents of older children, teenagers and young adults. Growing children bring a whole new bag of tricks with them, some of which make you actually miss the simplicity of sleepless nights and endless dirty nappies! So this is the basis of our website.
“I raised five children. They all have different personalities. All of them have different issues, different levels of success. That was a learning experience for me” T. D. Jakes
I have three children – two daughters aged 17 and 21 and a son aged 23 years. I worked as a nurse for many years before and after having my children, including two years in Sydney, Australia. I have since worked as a Teaching Assistant in a large comprehensive school until leaving to work on this website at the end of 2017.
I have a daughter aged 11 and a son aged 9 years. I studied Drama and Psychology at Worcester University. After leaving university I became a facilitator delivering Relationship and Sexuality courses for adults with learning disabilities for the next 7 years. I then became a teaching assistant in a secondary school in 2013 up until October 2017. I have also had training in counselling skills focussing on young people and have spent time as a volunteer with the Samaritans.
Recent Blog Posts
Before I started working on this website I thought I had a pretty accurate take on social media. Now that my activity has increased I've discovered a side of it that although I knew existed, hadn’t fully understood. On the positive side, there is a...
Keep talking to your teens It isn't easy when your children become sexually active. You know it is perfectly normal but you never think your little child will grow up and do grown-up things! It is crucial to try to maintain open conversation about their...
Lactose Intolerance in teens and tweens If you have a child with unexplained digestive issues, then it may be an intolerance to the lactose in milk. A year ago my teenage daughter was suffering with unpleasant symptoms of bloating/diarrhoea for months and...
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