Exam Stress Solutions

test picIt’s happening in households across the country – children sitting their GCSEs or A Levels are suffering from exam stress. As parents, we suffer too – trying to encourage our children to revise long enough and well enough, testing them on subjects that we have long-forgotten. Somehow these now seem to be ramped up with a bewildering array of new facts and new ways of learning and presenting a topic that we may only dimly remember from our own schooldays. We also have to make sure that our children get enough rest, nourishment, relaxation and encouragement. I was speaking to Tracey Campbell, a homeopath, recently and she explained that many of her exam-age clients are presenting with sleep-related problems. You know yourself that when you are worried about something, sleep can be elusive. This can mean that you can’t get to sleep at all, that you wake up with a start in the middle of the night or that sleep is restless and shallow and you wake up exhausted. Did you know that a homeopath can offer relief from some if not all of these symptoms? Read Tracey’s article here to find out more.

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My House, My Rules

Just the other day, I was tempted to utter that cliched phrase “My house, my rules!” It’s one of those things that parents have always said, and teenagers swear they will never say when it’s their turn…

I know that all my friends with teenage children are finding this a bewildering time. What do you say as a mother when faced with the intricate minefield of boyfriends and girlfriends, sleepovers and physical intimacy? How soon is too soon? What age is old enough and how young is too young?

What I do know from my many conversations with other mothers on this topic (as well as my memories of being a teenager myself) is that by being too censorious, you simply give the message to your teenage children that they must keep things a secret from you and once that happens, you lose all chance to influence them to follow a safe and sensible path.

Keep those channels open and have faith in your abilities as a mother- you can get through this!

My book, “THE SINGLE MUM’S SURVIVAL GUIDE – How To Pick Up The Pieces and Build a Happy New Life” is available now on Amazon and hits the shops on 1st July. I’m launching my book at Steyning Book Shop in West Sussex on 4th July (rather apt that it’s American Independence Day, don’t you think? If you live locally and would like to meet me in person and perhaps even get a signed copy, please get in touch and I’ll reserve you a place!