Connecting With My Teenage Son

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When my son first arrived into the world, I was overjoyed on so many levels.  I was so happy to have a boy, due...

Getting Students Cooking with the Family Meal 

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Advertisement The summer is a such an important time for our family. With my son now at university, to have him home with us for...

I Don’t Drink Mum

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My Teen is 16 years old. He'll be 17 in December. I've been waiting, and waiting, and waiting some...

18th Birthday Family Memories

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We had a very special birthday here at Zena's Suitcase last month.  My eldest son turned 18 and you might have caught up with...

Mum to a Teen too: A Mathematical Genius!

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  Some days I really do find it difficult to accept that I'm a Mum to a 16 year old.  It's not the number of...

Our Top 5 Activities for Teenagers in Bristol and Cardiff

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When it comes to keeping teenagers entertained, we know it can be a bit of a challenge. It's inevitable, unfortunately, that they'll grow out...

Our Night At Marvel Universe LIVE! & Tour Review 

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My husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night of the UK tour of Marvel Universe LIVE! and what...

A Chatty Feet Gift For Teen

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Teenagers are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for aren't they?  Money seems to be the go to gift as soon as they hit 13....

Exam Results And Tips For Supporting Your Child

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If you follow my twitter feed you might already know that last Thursday was a big day in our house.  It had seemed like ages...

Trespass Keeps Teen Warm This Winter

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Trespass have really come to my teen son's rescue this winter.  He walks to school everyday and to work a couple of evenings a week....

How a Student Can Get Cheap Train Tickets with the Trainline...

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This post was written in collaboration with the Trainline App My son has been at university for a year now, but we still aren’t entirely...

10 Things You Need to Know About Travelling with Teens

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Whether you choose to visit a theme park, take a traditional seaside holiday or visit a child friendly resort, family holidays can be great...

5 Alternative Ideas For An 18th Birthday Celebration

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December is a big month for us. Not only do we have Christmas, but it's also teens birthday. This year it's a pretty big...

Introducing #TeenTalk & How to Discuss Puberty

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One of the most awkward challenges that parents face is when to discuss puberty with their son or daughter.  When to have this conversation...

Getting Teenagers Ready For Back To School

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Getting Teenagers Ready For Back To School Well, the summer holidays are nearly over aren't they folks? Where did they go? ...

Happy 18th Birthday: A Letter To Teen

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Well here it is, your 18th birthday is finally here. You are officially an adult! Where have all the years...

Back To College Style

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Teen is enjoying his summer break so far.  Chilling out with his girlfriend, playing too much Counter Strike and being my blogging assistant.  OK, so...

Barclays LifeSkills: Diary Of A Parent Part 1

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My son isn't far of leaving school, and as a parent I worry that he doesn't appreciate how difficult getting into work will be....

Teen Gets A Job!

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If you caught this post earlier in the summer you'll know things were getting a little fraught around here.  We started the journey of trying...

So Proud Of My Teen

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This week simply cannot pass by without some huge credit going to my teenage boy.  My regular readers may already know he is 16...

Why Binge Watching 13 Reasons Why Makes Me Want To Be...

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Have you seen the new series on Netflix yet?  If you haven't watched '13 Reasons Why' already, I would strongly recommend adding it to...

Letting Go – A Mother’s Journey

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Every so often, a realisation hits me a bit like a stinky wet fish to the face, that it's time to let go a...

Stylish Gift Ideas For An 18 Year Old

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My 18 year old son has really started to develop a sense of personal style in the last few months. Having a...

An Open Letter To First Year University Students #StudentLife

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Dear Students, This letter has been going around in my head for a while and I've finally decided it's time to put it out there....

Things To Do With Teenagers – Tried & Tested!

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As a Mum with an older child I totally understand that finding things to do with teenagers can be a challenge.  When kids get...

Teenagers: It’s all a mystery to me!

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  Do you get teenagers?  I've got to be honest, I really struggle.  Since the hormone fairy came along and took away my sweet little boy,...

Happy 17th Birthday: A Letter To Teen

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Wow, 17 years old already, now where on earth did that go?  You've arrived at that strange grey area between teenager land and adulthood...

My Son, his Dad and his Mental Health

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I asked my partner to leave when my Son was 18 months old. It was a scary time for everyone. ...

Learning To Drive: Becoming A Young Driver

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The countdown is most definitely on. My son is going to be 17 in less than 3 weeks. His provisional licence has...

A Letter To Teen About His A Levels

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Dear Teen, Sometimes having a big age gap family is tough.  I know you are great with your sisters and help out loads around the...