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Joanne Gray

Freelance Writer, Editor of

A PR professional, turned freelance writer and blogger sharing stories of midlife & parenting during the secondary years.
Fear Of Crime Is Making Our Teenagers

Fear Of Crime Is Making Our Teenagers Unhappy

What is making our teenagers unhappy? Families struggling to pay bills and lack of emotional support at home were among the pressures mentioned, but according to the report's findings, fear of crime is the biggest concern.  A total 2.2 million of those interviewed cited this as the thing that worries them the most.
15/11/2017 14:46 GMT
What Is Responsible Drinking For

What Is Responsible Drinking For Parents?

What are your views on drinking alcohol in front of your children?  Do you make a conscious decision to abstain when with your children or just not to drink to excess?  Have you ever been drunk in front of your children?
20/10/2017 12:23 BST
How Do We Build Our Teenage Girls'

How Do We Build Our Teenage Girls' Self-Esteem?

Beauty and appearance are thorny issues when raising girls.  Our girls are vulnerable.  All it takes is one throw away comment at the wrong time and their sense of self-worth can become quickly wrapped up in this  body image nightmare, which even if they don't come to it until later, is still an issue to be confronted, not trivialised or ignored.
05/10/2017 13:06 BST
Coping With Panic Attacks - A Modern Day

Coping With Panic Attacks - A Modern Day Epidemic

I am not an expert, I only have my own experience as a sufferer some years ago and my treatment to draw upon but that has been enough for me to encourage others not to dismiss panic attacks as a "passing phase".
07/08/2017 13:33 BST
Essential Festival Tips For Teenagers And

Essential Festival Tips For Teenagers And Parents

Teenagers like to think they are invincible but humans were not designed to withstand three-five days of continuous drinking, eating rubbish food, jumping and sleep deprivation, they will return smelly, grumpy and exhausted and totally disinclined to answer any questions.  
20/06/2017 12:24 BST
How Do We Prepare Our Children For

How Do We Prepare Our Children For Failure?

Simply, you can't. I certainly wasn't prepared. I knew after my exams that my chances of achieving what was necessary were slim but I hoped I was wrong. Isn't that what we all do? Hold on to hope. Even if our son messes it up, he will rage for a bit, get hysterical but until the verdict is delivered on the morning of 17th August he will still hold onto hope.
02/06/2017 11:56 BST
It's That Time Of Year - Muck Up

It's That Time Of Year - Muck Up Day

For many teenagers across the country, this week includes one of THE most important dates in the school calendar, Muck Up Day. For those sitting their A levels this is officially their time to let off some steam before the start of the exams, but also to celebrate the end of an era as they say a fond farewell to their school days and head off into the big wide world.
23/05/2017 13:45 BST
Educating Out Prejudice - Just How Tolerant Are

Educating Out Prejudice - Just How Tolerant Are We?

The play is not asking us to accept bestiality but it forces us to hold up a mirror and look at our own prejudicial weaknesses. Who is to say what is tolerable and what is not? This is accentuated superbly by Martin's own incongruous response to his gay teenage son's sexual preferences, which he finds difficult to comprehend.
19/05/2017 12:01 BST
Teaching Our Children The Value Of An Inquiring

Teaching Our Children The Value Of An Inquiring Mind

"Why?" is a question commonly associated with the toddler years. Most parents tire very easily of this period and the endless "why" questions, particularly as each answer is quickly met by yet another "why" question, but as our children progress to adulthood that is exactly what we want them to start asking again.
20/03/2017 16:55 GMT
The Things Teenagers Worry

The Things Teenagers Worry About

Worrying is a universal currency that spans generations, but the world of teenage worry is relatively self-contained and probably no different to the one I inhabited as a teenager more than 30 years ago.
17/03/2017 14:27 GMT
The Value Of Female

The Value Of Female Friendships

Female friendships are pivotal to a woman's existence. Women fulfil a role in our lives that men just can't in my opinion and for that reason I suppose I would classify myself quite firmly as a woman's woman.
09/03/2017 16:22 GMT
Teenage Girls Dressing

Teenage Girls Dressing Appropriately

All teenagers need to be allowed to experiment with clothes and make mistakes in order to develop their own sense of style and individuality, this is a normal part of growing up. However, there need to be certain parameters that also allow for change as they grow and mature.
02/03/2017 15:46 GMT