When does parenting get easier?

The definitive guide to the best and worst age

Christmas Gifts for Teenagers

Gift ideas for teens that will drag them off the sofa this Christmas.

How to Break Up with Elf on the Shelf

Foolproof ideas that won’t upset the kids

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13 is a big birthday! Here’s what to get…

How to Survive Secondary School as a Mum

Tips for parents on getting through their child’s first term at secondary school.

What to Do With Leftover Christmas Pudding – Make Ice Cream!

An easy way to use up leftover Christmas pudding, cake, or even mince pies!

A Chocolate Orange for Christmas…

Why the best Christmas present may not be the obvious one…

How to cook pork steaks like Jamie Oliver – easy family recipe

Easy to cook pork loin steak that all the family will love

Hi! I’m Helen.

I’m a lifestyle blogger and a (sometimes terrified) mum of two kids hurtling headlong into their teens. Some days I survive on really good coffee. On others, only a sharp Sauvignon will do. I love bright colours, a good gossip, and clothes shopping with my girl – she’s my very own personal stylist! I’m #50NotOut, going up a gear in life now my kids are older – who’s with me?

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Win! Adding Extra Seating in the Teen Chillout Room With a Beanbag Armchair

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Teenage Kicks Podcast


Taking the fear out of parenting teens

Have you noticed how once your kids become teens or tweens, the parenting advice on the internet dries up? Because when your kids get older they don’t want you sharing their most embarrassing secrets with your friends – or worse still, theirs! Which is why I created the Teenage Kicks podcast. Each week I talk to someone who had a difficult time as a teenager, but came out the other side in a good place, and has a positive perspective to offer others who might be in similar situations.

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