Teens and Alcohol

This month’s issue concerns eating and drinking, and I feel that one of the most important issues for parents with teenagers is teens and alcohol use. Children of all ages, as we know, like to test personal and social boundaries. With teens, this can involve trying out new substances, like alcohol, that can be harmful.…

Teens and Literacy

Hello everyone! First of all, I hope that you all had a great summer.  I take it in turns with my teens to go on holiday with them separately; it really helps with bonding with them and it is good to have uninterrupted time together!  This summer Tim and I took a trip to the…

Teens in the Great Outdoors

Welcome to summer; after a very slow start, it looks as though it has finally arrived! I chatted with my teens about the great outdoors, and we came up with the following ideas for kids their age. In good weather, load your bikes onto the train and head for Braunwald, in Glarus. You can get…

Getting Through with Teenagers

Getting through with teenagers can be tough. It is tough in a very different way to the baby/toddler years. Babies and toddlers can be demanding, yes, but I found that developing a routine really helped and that THEY don’t answer back! With teenagers (mine are 17 and 15), we face some different, more complicated issues,…

Teens & Social Media – What You Need to Know

Social media are a powerful presence in our daily lives, and even more invasive for our teens, a generation growing up with more media choices than any generation before them. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it, that before 2004 Facebook didn’t exist? Here I am going to share some statistics to get you thinking and…

Introducing Teen City Blog

Welcome to the Teen City blog!   The theme of the first magazine, “A Fresh Start”,  is very apt for me as I’ve never written a blog before!   Articles, letters, songs, reports  – yes – but never a blog.   However as a mum of two teenagers (plus a seven-year-old to add to the mix),  I do feel…