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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July 23, 2015

    Do you ever feel like everything you say and do is wrong? That you’ve gone from being so aligned with someone to becoming a bit of an annoyance or an unnecessary irritation? Over the last six to nine months, this is how my interactions with my son have felt; hence the tongue in…

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July 19, 2015

Something really weird has happened this weekend. I am really calm. After dropping my daughter and her mate at the airport for three weeks of interrailing around Europe, I have been waiting for me to spiral into worries and “what ifs” and possible hyperventilation. Close friends and family have been expecting this too. But I…

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July 14, 2015

Today I was just going to have a good ole fashioned moan about my daughter and the argument we had yesterday – a case study in the life of parenting a teenager perhaps. To be honest it was the “mother” of all arguments and I can’t remember the last time we actually had a fight…

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July 3, 2015

This parenting malarkey is a funny thing; just as you get to grips with one set of parameters, the goals posts change and you go from standing on solid ground to sinking fast through quicksand. As a family, we have all been through a rollercoaster ride this academic year – public exams, illnesses, normal minor…

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June 4, 2015

I was brought up in a very academically oriented household, maybe unsurprisingly with my Indian heritage (!) My parents strongly believed that all successful roads in life originate from diligent study and a “good” education. So people who know me may double take when I say I exams are not the “be all and end…

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May 14, 2015

There are certain traits I believe a woman acquires when she becomes a mother. It doesn’t really matter what you were like pre-children, you give birth and become rewired in a subtle but profoundly different way. You take on multi tasking, you become really great at thinking on your feet. But top of the list,…

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April 22, 2015

Last week my daughter passed her driving test. I was delighted. It’s a rite of passage, correct? Of course it is, as a parent your heart swells with pride when your child reaches a new milestone. And as they get older, each landmark your child reaches brings with it more autonomy. And for you –…

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April 13, 2015

I thought I would look at parenting from my children’s viewpoint. So yesterday I asked my kids what I did that annoyed them. My son, without hesitation, said it was impossible to narrow it down to five things and my daughter; well she didn’t seem remotely interested in venting. So I thought back over the…

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