Has your child been groomed?

Emma describes how she was groomed from the age of 12, and the impact it had on her adult life

*Trigger warning – episode contains references to sexual abuse. The crazy thing… was that I felt really guilty  Has your teenager been groomed? Or are you a young person experiencing grooming? In this episode Emma Cantrell talks about her experience of grooming from the age of 12 over a number of years. What does grooming mean? The NSPCC defines grooming as follows: Grooming is when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them. Children and young people who are groomed can be sexually abused, exploited or trafficked. Anybody can …

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Is Your Child Old Enough For A Smartphone? 5 Important Factors To Consider

Kids are so tech-literate these days and some parents give their child a smartphone when they’re incredibly young. But there are some parents who don’t like the idea of their child having a phone at all and make them wait until they’re in their late teens before letting them have one.  Source – Pixabay CCO License If you’re a parent, your kids are probably nagging you about getting a phone if they don’t have one already. They’ll tell you that everybody else at school has one and you’re being unfair by not letting them have one, so what should you …

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I’m Going To Be A Lockdown 3 Entrepreneur

Oh hello. This is a message from lockdown number 3764. Or at least that’s what it feels like. We all understand the underlying reason for the third lockdown. But that doesn’t mean it’s getting any more enjoyable. The first lockdown was a breath of fresh air, as we could spend more time with our loved ones at home. But right now, this is getting boring.  And boredom, as it happens, encourages us to dream of a new reality. What would you do if you could change your routine? While there’s still the hope of winning the lottery one day to …

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Adjusting To Having Teens In Your Home

Photo by Naassom Azevedo on Unsplash   We all know that our babies will one day grow up and become teengaers but sometimes we are not prepared for how quickly that comes around. It can be challenging when your child hits their teenage years, there are alot of hormones flying about and learning how to communicate with each other and co-live can be a tricky task. We have come up with some ways to help both you, your teenagers and the rest of the family adjust to growing teens.   Learn To Communicate Teens are full of hormones and it …

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Parenting Your Mum – How it Feels to be Part of the Sandwich Generation

Old age and being part of the sandwich generation

The Sandwich Generation is something I’d only vaguely understood. Until now… Today I posted on Instagram about how I’m really feeling. At lockdown 3, and entering month 12 of the Coronavirus pandemic I think a lot of people are feeling rather hopeless, and I’m no exception. I’m sad for all the loss – of lives, and of life in general. I feel despondent about how much longer this might go on for as we approach our second summer of restrictions. Where once I was resolute and stoical about it, I’m now joining the cries of “But it’s so unfair!” that …

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3 Reasons Why You Should Move to Ireland

Photo by Diogo Palhais on Unsplash   If you are considering moving abroad, you may not have given Ireland proper consideration, as you may be favouring countries that are known for brighter, warmer weather. Nevertheless, Ireland provides you and your family with everything you need in one place, presenting you with a unique range of opportunities from the moment you set foot in the country.   With that in mind, here are just some of the reasons why you should consider moving to Ireland (and what you need to do to achieve it).  A rich culture and warm community.    …

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