UK Teenagers

Tell Tale Signs You Have a Teenager

Deborah Hitchins | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Hitchins

Teenagers are a strange breed. Creatures of habit, room dwellers, cupboard scavengers, door slamming mumblers. They like to sleep for copious amounts of time but also possess the ability to become nocturnal socialisers. They fridge forage and either avoid the bathroom at all costs or consume it for seemingly every waking minute... there is no in-between.

Parents Are Letting Their Kids Drive Illegally On Public Roads

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Parents

More than a third of parents let their child drive a car before the legal age of 17, according to a recent survey. When asked the age of when they let...

Busy Week for Mum Skills

Wendy Wason | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Wendy Wason

This was Saturday evening. I'd been a taxi driver, a chef, a waitress, a nurse, a gamer and a handyman by this point. I'm by no means an expert but it does make me think that some of the stuff they teach you in ante natal classes are absolutely pointless.

Nadia Sawalha On Talking About Puberty With Kids

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Parents

Nadia Sawalha seems to have found the perfect way to talk to her 13-year-old daughter, Maddie, about the occasionally awkward topic of puberty. She ha...

Help! My Eight-Year-Old's Become a Teenager

Sarah Millington | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Millington

My daughter isn't a teenager - or even close to being one. She doesn't have the relative maturity or, frankly, the common sense, that goes with being that little bit older. While, to her mind, she's almost a woman, to me, she's still, in many ways, a little girl - and despite her best efforts to act grown up, she can't help giving this away.

Today's Teenagers Are the Real Education

Trevor Hardy | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Trevor Hardy

Exam season is upon us again, and as the nation's teenagers and young adults look forward to a sweaty summer of swotting up and settling down to a gru...

Helping Your Child Understand the Difference Between Sadness and Depression

Sarah Newton | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

The growing number of young people with mental health issues is worrying me. I see young people everyday who are struggling; they don't know what to do, their parents don't know what to do and the schools are finding it difficult to cope. We need a system that is much more able to support those young people who need it.

How to Get Your Child Revising at the Last Minute

Lucy Parsons | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Parsons

In many households across the country panic stations are being hit as everyone realises exams start in just over a week's time. Some committed and diligent students may have been revising steadily for months now. Others will barely have glanced at a text book or flicked through their exercise book.

Teach our Teens to Love Failure

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Parents
Elizabeth Wright

When you stuff up, do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing, swim the wrong stroke, what emotions do you feel? You might feel shame, embarrassment, mortification, anger, frustration, and the undeniable urge to give up!

Would You Like a Side Order of Sexual Harassment With That?

Bronte Huskinson | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bronte Huskinson

In an ideal world, stuff like this wouldn't be happening. I know that might be too much to ask, no one can control what people say. Just respect the staff of the places you visit. Stop harassing them if they are clearly not interested, and for the love of God leave the 16 year olds alone, making them uncomfortable is far from a joke. Respect the staff. That isn't too much to ask.

The Dangers of Legalising Marijuana

Thomas Smith | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

The answer to both questions is 'no', and the onus is now on the government to carefully review the implications of marijuana before deciding on its legalization- for it could well prove a decision damaging and myopic.

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

E-Cigs - Gateway Drug or Quit Aid?

Kylie Barton | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

The e-cig has sky-rocketed in popularity - cool looking vape-shops now litter most high streets. It is like the time before we knew how bad cigs were for us, glitzy advertising, alluring packaging, a variety of delicious flavours - all of which appeal to the rebellious teen (or apparently infant!).

What I Learned By Writing a Book About Body Image

Sarah Newton | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

When we think about body image we tend to think two things; firstly the media and celebrities, who are the ones to blame and secondly, that the way out is by educating our young girls.

Sleep-Deprived Teens 'More Likely To Drink Drive'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents

Teenagers who sleep for just four hours a night are three times more likely to drive drunk and engage in "reckless" behaviour, a study has found. Thos...

Exam Revision Tips For Kids And Parents

Parentdish UK | Glynis Kozma | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Parents

During exams, whether it's SATs, GCSEs or A Levels, it can be a stressful time for the whole family. The last thing you want to be is a nagging mum...

Girl Praised By Mum's Friend For Refusing To Calculate BMI At School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents

A man praised his friend's daughter for standing up against body-shape norms that "persecute children", by refusing to calculate her BMI at school. Th...


Lisa Edwards | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Lisa Edwards

I think back to when I was fifteen and developing major crushes on older, unattainable men wherever I went. I never acted on them, but I think the targets of my devotion must have been only too aware that there was a young girl mooning around after them, hanging on their every word.

Mental Health Problem or Just Teenage Behaviour?

Katie Buckingham | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Buckingham

Teenagers often respond to negative experiences with their friends, or boyfriends/girlfriends, in what may seem an over-dramatic manner. What we tend to forget is that this may be the first time they have had experiences like this, and they have not yet managed to, or are still in the process of developing coping strategies to use in response to these situations.

Two Teenagers Are Facing Jail Over Their Facebook Posts

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Tech

Two teenagers are facing jail over Facebook posts that vilified a judge and glorified a murder. Damien Parker-Stokes, 19, and a 17-year-old, who canno...

10 Pocket Money-Boosting Jobs For Today's Teenagers

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Parents

Once upon a time it was fairly easy to pick up a part-time job in your teens. A healthy supply of paper rounds, waitressing and 'Saturday girl or boy'...

We Need to Help Young People With Mental Illness Feel Empowered

Sarah Newton | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Newton

I personally think that the answer lies in young people speaking about this themselves, outside of any government-funded, adult-run initiative. But what I do know is that they want empowering, relevant, honest and practical conversations, which according to them they are not able to have anywhere other than with certain friends at the moment.

Teenage Pregnancy Rates Drop To Record Low

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents

The number of teenage girls getting pregnant in England and Wales is the lowest it has been since 1969. The rate for girls under 18 becoming mothe...

It's Not Easy Being the Mum of a Model

Helen Sandle | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Sandle

Do you know how long it takes to get ready for one of these things ... the styling, the hair, the make up ... and I'm not talking about whilst on the shoot (that's a whole other blog ... trust me) ... I'm talking about before we have even left the house.

The Serious Consequences of Portraying Teenagers in a Negative Light

Jess Terry | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Terry

It's no secret that teenagers are moody, tired and sometimes not great company. With all the hormone changes they're going through it's no surprise that their personality and energy levels change too...