I sit down for coffee and a chat on a sunny terrace with a friend who's a senior youth worker, and she says. "We have a big problem with our 11-13 year old girls". She works on the edge of a big city, in charge of a large youth centre. Her young clients are often affiliated to gangs. She bans all gang talk, throwing of signs and bandanas that identify which gang they belong to. No weapons either. It's to create a safe oasis in their chaotic world. But she's worried it's girls that are suffering most.
The three months I spent with the counsellor changed everything. She unpeeled my life like an onion, layer by layer, and got to the root of my continual anger. Although my parents both died within six months of the counselling, and I never really rebuilt my relationships with them, I bear no malice to either of them. My anger towards them has fully subsided.
Living with a cat during childhood does not cause mental illness later in life, a new study from University College London
I AM NOT A HANDBAG. Oh wait, you have no idea what I'm speaking about just yet. I have been doing A LOT of gigs all over
Teenage language is a brilliant thing and they are both entitled to and should be encouraged to create their own lexicon. However a lot of the teenagers I interviewed felt, the word "bae" often doesn't denote an equal partner or cherished one - but kind of - "you're number one in line for now."
Every day, six young people aged 16-24 receive the shocking news that they have cancer. Treatment usually starts immediately, can last for up to three years, and disrupts every area of their lives. Of course, this can include relationships and sex. And yet at such a formative time the issues that arise are not often openly discussed. Until now.
Picking the most cringe-worthy moment from our teenage years is quite the task - how do you choose from so many? Speaking
I've been called a quitter. By friends, by parents... by a resentful drum teacher whose sole motive appeared to be to drain the money from my parents' bank account like a balding, middle aged vacuum. However, I strongly disagree with them...
Children, and particularly teenagers, don't often admit that they listen to their parents. So when they tell us that it is not their friends but their parents who have the most influence on their attitudes to alcohol, we should listen.
Twelve per cent of the divorces which we deal with feature couples who have been in long-standing relationships, often since their school days, going their separate ways while still only in their twenties and thirties. In short, they no longer feel the same way about each other.