Musings: Parenting girls

sugar and spice or a bit more complicated?

Teenage brains aren’t crazy

They just seem that way. Teenage brains go through a crazy phase.  Adolescence is a time of profound brain growth and change.  They don’t think like us, nor how they did when they were younger.  Earlier connections in the brain are being broken and new ones formed.  The teenage brain is under major reconstruction – [...]

Posted on 26 March 2014
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Average size

Thumbs up to Debenhams, the first department store in Britain to display mannequins our size.    Photograph: Debenhams Most other shops use size 8 or size 10 because we all want to see how clothes look on women who are three sizes smaller than us, don’t we?   Many teen girls struggle as the hormones [...]

Posted on 12 March 2014
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You want your daughter to stand up for herself?

Yes!  Well… mostly you do, as long as it doesn’t mean that she refuses to tidy her room! Seriously though, we want our girls to be able to say ‘No’ when they need to, to believe in themselves, and go for what they really want in life. This is not easy for them though, despite [...]

Posted on 5 March 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers
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‘The Sex Talk’ – when to have it?

Never! Never, ever have ‘The Talk’.  No, instead have a conversation that starts in the toddler years and spans her entire childhood, well into her teens. It is impossible to predict what your child will need to know, and when, so open the possibility for conversation whenever the topic naturally arises.  This way she knows [...]

Posted on 27 February 2014
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Teens’ everyday grief

Teenagers have a great deal of everyday grief to deal with – their childhood passing, their body changing, friendships fluctuating.  Then there are the deeper losses such as parental divorce, grandparents dying, pets dying, ending of relationships, and other life shocks. Teens do not always have the resources needed to deal with loss healthily and happily. [...]

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Posted on 18 February 2014
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