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Do you have a challenging teenager?

Do you have a challenging teenager? Do you have a very, very challenging teenager who you are watching make decisions that are damaging to him or her and whatever approach you take to try and encourage them on to a better path, nothing seems to be working? It can be the most testing, stressful, [...]

An Insight for Eating Disorder Awareness Week 26th February -4th March

People with disordered eating are frequently misunderstood. The control or unhealthy use of food and weight management are coping mechanisms. These coping mechanisms can be very effective in helping the person to survive their emotional trauma or anguish. There are negative consequences, which can (when extreme) threaten their life. This is very frightening for everyone: [...]

As parents, how can we prepare our children for the work place?

As parents how can we prepare our children for the workplace? Qualifications seem to be a big focus but what are the qualities of a great employee? I’m sure the question will prompt a variety of answers and indeed different employees value different qualities. Honestly, reliability, good communication skills, hardworking are basic traits in an [...]

How can parents help to build their child’s self-esteem?

In many areas, young people’s lives are improving, yet there is evidence of a growing mental health crisis amongst teens. Rates of anxiety and depression have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. According to the Office of Official Statistics, the number of young suicides each year is greater than it has been [...]

21st Century Parenting: Is it too protective?

21st Century Parenting. Is it a factor in the mental health crisis among young people? Parenting today is pretty demanding. Well, life generally is pretty demanding. There seems to be a lot of rushing and pressure to be productive and to fill our time with stimulating, challenging and exciting things. Whatever happened to boredom [...]

The Minefield of Parenting Today

Parenting today seems, for many, to be loaded with pressure. As does ‘growing up’. Time is pressured, there is pressure to be a ‘successful’ parent, a pressure to ensure our children ‘succeed’,  a pressure to help out financially,  a pressure to accept very different values to our own about things such as alcohol, spending, drugs, [...]

Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. Why?

  Whilst doing some of the research for a course I am running, I came across an article in the Independent stating the following statistic “rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years” Although I work with a good awareness of emotional health, I found this [...]

Do you want your children to make good decisions?

Most parents would agree that parenting entails a good amount of worry -which is possibly a slight understatement! As parents our main job is to keep our children safe -which has it’s challenging moments when the child is young and being supervised by us or a school teacher or grandparent or childminder or similar ….but [...]