Tag Archives: parenting teenagers

Can boredom bite?

I am exhausted.  The school year is drawing to a close, just one more week of term, and I am shattered.  The holidays seems like a very good thing right now.   Although for the moment the prospect of packing and organising our whole family away for a long weekend’s music festival in a week’s […]

Posted on 19 July 2012
Musings: Parenting girls
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“You can’t get pregnant first time!”

Too many teenage pregnancies come about through ignorance: “I’ve not started, so I can’t get pregnant can I.” “I thought you couldn’t get pregnant if you’re on your period.” “If he pulls out then you’re safe, right?” No, no, and no. If parents are teaching their kids, and teachers are covering this stuff in school, […]

Posted on 3 July 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers
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More Power of Poetry

When my search for coming of age poems came to not very much, I made a poetry plea on my Facebook page for poems that speak to, or speak of, teenage girls. Imagine my delight when someone actually wrote a poem for Rites for Girls.  Now Vanessa Karl has written two! Puberty Puberty by Vanessa […]

Posted on 30 May 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Coming of age
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Guide to Reusable Menstrual Products

Wings or no wings, applicator or super-absorbent, the technology of women’s menstrual products has given us options we didn’t even know we desired. Less well publicised are reusable products that aim to reduce health risks and environmental concerns. By invitation, the wonderful women at Lunapads.com have written a guide to reusable menstrual products: Lunapad’s Guide to […]

Posted on 25 May 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Coming of age, Rites of passage
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The power of poetry

Sometimes I find that a poem can express something in such a way that it reaches me deeply; more deeply than if it were all explained out in prose. A poem can convey a mood, reawaken a memory, and allude to a host of experience.   A bit like a simple smell can take me […]

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Posted on 23 May 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Coming of age
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