Musings: Parenting girls

sugar and spice or a bit more complicated?

When I’m emotional…. by Zoë Karl

  The world spins around, Endlessly turning, And yet it’s all right there, In your hands. Venturing into the unknown, Your knowledge and wisdom soon expands. I want to shout, I want to scream At even my best friend. But I want their advice and comfort, A relationship that never ends. So muddled, confused, angry, […]

Posted on 1 August 2013
Musings: Parenting girls, Coming of age
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I hate my periods!

For some time now I have been hearing of girls who are struggling at menarche.  Girls who are incapacitated by cramping, flooding, inconsolable teariness, fiery furies, depression, and who are missing days of school every month.  Was I hearing it more as my work became more widely known or is it getting worse?  I began […]

Posted on 24 July 2013
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age
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End of school, end of an era…

Is your daughter coming towards the end of her school days? It can be time of mixed feelings, when tests and exams are over and she just has a few days left at school.  You can help by marking the change in some way. Perhaps she is moving from junior school to senior school.  Or […]

Posted on 10 July 2013
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Rites of passage
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Whose bedroom is it?

The mess, the smell, the dirty clothes and plates – is it my concern? I know that it bothers me, but do I have the right to insist that it is sorted?   I’d like to say, “We pay the mortgage, we own the room!” I just want my teen’s room clean and tidy.  In […]

Posted on 26 June 2013
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls
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Girls’ groups – what’s the point?

“I’m not paying money for my daughter just to hang out with a bunch of girls – she does enough of that already.” Why does it feel fine to spend money on flute lessons, on extra maths, on brownies and ballet, but not on personal development for our children? In life, what is going to […]

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Posted on 11 June 2013
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age, Rites of passage
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