A Chatty Feet Gift For Teen

Share This: 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.  I don’t mind giving money or vouchers to a teenager as a gift, but sometimes it’s nice to give them something a bit different.  I’m always on the look out for present ideas for…

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Introducing #TeenTalk & How to Discuss Puberty

Share This: One of the most awkward challenges that parents face is when to discuss puberty with their son or daughter.  When to have this conversation is only the start of it.  How do you discuss puberty with your child and all the changes that the body is about to embark on without wanting to be swallowed up into a…

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10 Things You Need to Know About Travelling with Teens

Share This: Whether you choose to visit a theme park, take a traditional seaside holiday or visit a child friendly resort, family holidays can be great fun. However, as your children grow and develop into teenagers with their own ideas of what a holiday should be, you’ll be faced with a new set of challenges which require a whole new…

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Win A Grooming Set From Rockface Giveaway

Share This: Rockface recently sent my teen their entire grooming set for him to try.  I’m very pleased to report that it’s going down well not only with him but his girlfriend too.  The entire Rockface set has also taken pride of place in the bathroom and no one else’s toiletries can get a look in.  Teen clearly likes Rockface, is…

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Back To School With Get The Label

Share This: The teenager and I have recently been introduced to a fantastic designer website called Get The Label.  This couldn’t have come at a better time with back to school being just around the corner.  My son had wanted some new clothes, but didn’t want the hassle of going shopping for them. That leaves me to sort out his…

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Getting Teenagers Ready For Back To School

Share This: Getting Teenagers Ready For Back To School Well, the summer holidays are nearly over aren’t they folks?  Where did they go?  They seem to be over so quickly don’t they?  My 17 year old son will be starting his last year at school next week, for his final year of A Levels, and regardless of what he might…

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First Steps, Difficult Behaviour & Exam Stress

Share This: One thing I find really hard about having children of such different ages, is writing about them on the blog all equally.  I guess featuring them all equally is difficult when they are at such different stages of their lives, and possibly a tall order. So that’s where the idea came from for the family update.  It means…

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Back To College Style

Share This: 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 he’s not enjoying the last one so much but if he wants me to keep paying for his driving lessons, a few hours a day to help his Mum isn’t too much to ask is…

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Family Update

Share This: It’s been all change here at Zena’s Suitcase these last couple of month’s, and things are on the up, mainly!  As there is so much going on I thought I’d give you a family update, and let you know how we are all getting along. Teen has just finished his A/S Levels, and fingers crossed it all went…

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Teaching Teens About Tyre Safety

Share This: Teen has been learning to drive since January, and we are just getting to the point where he’s thinking about his theory test and preparing for his final practical test.  It’s not going to be long before he’s on the road all by himself.  I’m sure you can understand that, as a parent, that this is a pretty…

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Barclays LifeSkills: Diary Of A Parent Part 1

Share This: 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.  He’s 17, and typically quite grumpy and refuses to accept help from Mum most all of the time. He hides himself away in his room, plugged into his PC and hasn’t a clue how quickly he…

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Letting Go – A Mother’s Journey

Share This: 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 little more. These not so gentle jolts of reality are gearing up for one thing and one thing only.  The day when Teen flies the nest.  The harsh reality is that at 6 1/2…

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Happy 17th Birthday: A Letter To Teen

Share This: 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 where you know so much, but still need to learn the lessons only responsibility can teach you.  I just hope I have equipped you with enough to learn those lessons and not make quite…

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I Should Have Done More! #Racism

Share This: Today I feel like I should have done more, I should have spoke out, I’m so disappointed in myself.  There are some things I cannot stand, and abuse and racism are up there right at the top of the list.  So why didn’t say I something, why didn’t I step in.  I can’t believe I didn’t help that…

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