The minefield of parenting today

Parenting today seems, for many, to be loaded with pressure. As does ‘growing up’ today. Time is pressured, there is pressure to be a ‘successful’ parent, a pressure to ensure our children ‘succeed’,  a pressure to help out financially,  a pressure to accept very different values to our own about things such as alcohol, spending, drugs,…

Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. Why?

Whilst doing some of the research for a course I am running, I came across an article in the Independent stating the following statistic “rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years” Although I work with a good awareness of emotional health, I found this a disturbing…

Is a lack of meaningful interaction making you feel lonely?

On a recent few days away I was exchanging introductions and initial pleasantries with a charming retired gentleman who asked me what I do for a living – “I am a Life Coach” I told him.  “Oh” he said, looking slightly blank “what does that involve? There are quite a lot of new things I…

Do you hope your children will make good decisions?

Most parents would agree that parenting entails a good amount of worry -which is possibly a slight understatement! As parents our main job is to keep our children safe -which has it’s challenging moments when the child is young and being supervised by us or a school teacher or grandparent or childminder or similar ….but…