If You Think You Can, You Can!

This week my daughter, received an Achiever Award from the Jack Petchey Foundation.  Until three months ago I had never heard of the foundation and when I asked my daughter’s Guide Leader who was responsible for nominating her, she looked aghast and said simply “Google it!” Having now familiarised myself…

Facing The Menopausal Madness

An excerpt on the menopause on Polyoaks, the Radio 4 sitcom, had me in stitches.  Faced with a disgruntled husband who is bemoaning his redundant sex life as he and his wife are arguing more now that she is going through the menopause, the doctor reminds him that women approach sex…

The Toxic Friendship

My daughter is battling with a toxic friendship.  Unceremoniously “dumped” by a friend completely out of the blue, a pattern of events is starting to take shape which suggests this friendship is more trouble than it’s worth, but ultimately the decision is my daughter’s.  It is her life,…

Will My Sanity Hold Out?

There is some irony in the fact that Friday 13th was the start of study leave.  Just as when I did my O and A’ levels, study leave provides crucial respite during exams, entitling students to an approved absence from school and requiring them only to go in…

Am I To Blame For My Teenagers’ Anxiety?

Last week I attended a lecture on adolescent health and the psychological challenges affecting young people.  The talk touched on a variety of subject areas such as the value of adolescent friendships, exam stress, the impact of social media and the omnipresent threat of terrorism and its impact. The…

Make May Purple for Stroke

In December last year my husband suffered a stroke. I had seen the ads and read the leaflets countless times when waiting in the GP’s surgery, you know the ones from the campaign, ACT F.A.S.T, but he did not display any of those symptoms.  He had booked some…