May 31, 2017

In my second official HuffPost blog I’m looking at the difference between how my children and I use and perceive social media. Social media contains such a minefield of complex systems and uses. My children seem able to adopt them all with total ease, often using multiple apps and platforms all at once. I find…

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May 4, 2017

Yes! I’m now an official blogger for the Huffington Post! My first piece has just gone up – it looks at my journey through the confusing waters of social media as a forty-something and at what I can learn from my children. I hope you like it! Click Here to read the article

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July 2, 2016

When you become a mother (or parent) I feel it is like perfecting your skills on some crazy Playstation game. And the teenager years are like the trickiest level. Go with me on this, though I have never played a game on our Playstation – my son won’t let me (!). Anyway gaming and parenting…

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March 12, 2016

Over the last week I have spoken to a number of mothers with younger children than my own and have chatted about the stages they are at, at the moment. Whenever I chat to other mothers I really hope I am of some use; I certainly know that I often look to friends who have…

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January 20, 2016

A few days ago I had coffee with a lovely mate of mine. We were chatting about our kids and I was rambling as I do…and then she said, “Parry, you’re a Tigger mum.” “Tigger mum?“ I asked. I was not familiar with the expression. “Yes,” she said “Tigger as opposed to Tiger.” I’m not…

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November 8, 2015

  Last week we had one of those rare family gatherings – my mum came over and we all sat around the kitchen table chatting for the afternoon. These kinds of moments are harder and harder to find, as my kids get older and more independent. My mum, who is a retired teacher, never passes…

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October 11, 2015

The simplest of daily interactions with teenagers can be quite a challenge. Moods flip at lightning speed – in many ways reminiscent of the toddler years. Tiredness and hunger – are amongst the main contributors to me getting my head bitten off. “Stress” plays a big part too. The daily life of a teenager is…

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