Relationships and sex

What is the right age to teach children about rape?

What is the right age to teach children about rape?

Rape is not a subject that many parents look forward to discussing with their kids. The government has recently announced plans for lessons on sexual consent to be taught in schools from the age of 11, bringing the issue of the right age to teach children about consent into the foreground. Protecting sexually active youngsters

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Your Teen Is Starting To Date

Your Teen Is Starting To Date

I have a few years to go yet but I know it’s coming. At some point my daughter will morph into a mini-adult and start, gulp, dating. We’ve all been there so why is this such a daunting thing? Hmm. Probably because we have all been there. The rush of new emotions and intensity of

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How Can You Be Sure If Someone Is Sincere

How Can You Be Sure If Someone Is Sincere

I tend to try and see the best in people. Most of the time it works out just fine – people are lovely and my faith in human nature is borne out. But there are times when the person you’re dealing with is not entirely honest with you. And when that happens, I’m rubbish at

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discussing puberty with kids

Discussing puberty with kids

We’ve all been through it, but when it comes to our kids, us parents often struggle to understand puberty. Going through puberty can be an awkward time for everyone and parents can sometimes find it almost as difficult as their children. If your kids are hitting that in-between stage, then here are some tips to

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Is your teen mixing with the wrong crowd

Is your teen mixing with the wrong crowd

As much as you might like to, you can’t choose your kids’ friends for them. As they grow into teenagers, children form strong bonds with people they connect with. But what if you don’t like those people and feel they are being a bad influence on your offspring? Teenagers are naturally drawn towards groups of

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confidentiality for teenagers

Confidentiality for teenagers

Medical problems can often feel embarrassing. Add into the mix the daily torment of adolescent awkwardness and you begin to understand why teens with medical issues find it so hard to share their problems. An assurance of confidentiality for teenagers can be a crucial factor in encouraging them to seek help for their emotional and

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