Musings: Parenting girls

sugar and spice or a bit more complicated?

New ‘Girls Journeying Together’ group starting soon

Every year around June time, I start another of my year-long Girls Journeying Together groups.  A dozen or so 10-12 years olds sit in a circle in my sitting room nervously wondering how we will pass the afternoon. We meet monthly, so they’ll get a sense of what monthly feels like, and we cover all [...]

Posted on 9 May 2014
Musings: Coming of age, Parenting girls
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Junk food battles

Many teens like to eat junk. Here are some of the reasons that they like to eat junk: You don’t want them to eat junk! Their bodies are changing rapidly and they just don’t know how to get the increased nutrients they need. Junk food requires no effort. Junk food is full of sugar and [...]

Posted on 6 May 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers

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The importance of mothers to teens

Girls learn about becoming women from all manner of sources – you, other women, girl friends, boys, their Dads, films, books, songs, popular media. Powerful as the media may seem, and important as her girl friends are, you are her main role model.  She has grown up with you as her embodiment of womanhood.  She [...]

Posted on 23 April 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers
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Coping Well with Exam Stress

Exams are on the way – for some it’s important exams – but actually for many students every exam feels important at the time. Parents want to help, but the trouble is that a lot of the best tips for managing exam stress sound incredibly like the nagging we may have been doing for years [...]

Posted on 17 April 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers
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Teen suicide – too much pressure on our teenagers

A precious fifteen year old girl tried to take her life today.  The number of pills tell us this was no ‘cry for help’, she meant it; for those hours leading up to her suicide attempt she must have felt that she could no longer bear to live.  100,000 adolescents take their lives every year. [...]

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Posted on 7 April 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers
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