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22 Parenting teens: a solitary gig
Mary Rowen - HuffPost Parents, 9 February 2016.
Of course, there are wonderful places that offer professional help. The author is fortunate to live in a country where assistance with serious problems is often only a phone call away, and has a great husband and good friends and family members to call when she really needs them. But she misses those moments spent with her local mommy pals back in the day.
24 One thing that always improves my parenting
Sarah MacLaughlin - The Huffington Post, 20 April 2015.
We can observe when our children ask for every toy in the store. We’ll offer the warm, firm limit that it's not a toy-buying day, and acknowledge that this is difficult. Wanting and not getting is hard — even for those of us with mature, adult brains. These all-too-human lessons will be learned in good time, and will be best incorporated as we stay connected and loving — with ourselves, and our little ones.
25 Boomerang children are driving parents into debt
Judith Woods - The Telegraph, 18 April 2015.
Three quarters of parents with children over 18 have at least one child living with then but only 42 per cent charge them rent. Of those who do, their modest request of £150 a month is just a fifth the average UK rent. It might sound as though the nation’s parents are being taken for a ride, but the reality is that which one of us wouldn’t strive to provide the best for our children?