When your teenager sobs

Last week my teenager had his heart broken for the first time.

I saw him standing in the street waiting for his girlfriend to meet him, holding the peace offering of chocolate while he waited to find out what he had done wrong.

She never came, she never told him, it was just one of those things.

Back home we gave him a bit of space, and he cried, and then we hugged him, reassuring that all would be well.

And when he asked for a Pot Noodle we knew he would be fine.

Our boy has a family, support when he needs it, but what about the teenagers who don’t, not everyone deals with a ‘broken heart’ in the same way.

A vulnerable Teenager can be misled, can turn to the wrong person and mistake their attention for caring, they fall into the cracks between childhood and adulthood, they don’t have the same protection as children and are being let down by the law.

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The #seriouslyawkward campaign by The Children’s Society want to change this by petitioning the Government.

Here are some of the most interesting findings from our research report. We want to challenge the perception of teenagers as resilient or streetwise, and lift the lid on how many teenagers feel – especially those most at risk:

One in three 16 and 17 year olds has faced sleepless nights due to worry in the last year.

One in three 16 and 17 year olds frequently feel anxious and a quarter frequently feel sad.

One in ten 16 and 17 year olds admit they feel pressure to do things that could leave them at risk such as taking drugs, drinking alcohol or spending time with people they don’t feel comfortable with.

70% of this age group do not describes themselves as ‘streetwise’

The Children’s Society estimate that half a million 16 and 17 year olds in the UK face particular risk of harm because they are already dealing with issues such as poverty, poor health or a lack of supportive relationships.

A teenager has to be under 16 to be protected by laws on child cruelty and neglect.

Three quarters of parents believe 16 and 17 year olds are still children and should be protected from harm – but the law is dangerously inconsistent in this area.

Sign the Petition and help make changes

In particular, the Government should:

1. Raise the age of a victim of child cruelty and neglect from 16 to 18, so 16 and 17 year olds living at home have the same protection as younger children

2. Amend housing laws to ensure that 16 and 17 year olds at risk of homelessness can never be evicted from their accommodation and become ‘intentionally homeless’

3. Raise the age for Child Abduction Warning Notices from 16 to 18, to ensure that the police can intervene where vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds are targeted by predatory adults for the purposes of exploitation, either of a sexual or criminal nature.

I agree with the finding that the majority of parents feel life is harder today for teenagers than when they were young, do you?

 

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Talk about it Tuesday 28/7/15

We’re a few weeks in on our Talk about it Tuesday linky now, co-hosting with Claire over at Six degrees of harmony has been an asset. We’ve had some great posts linked up, and very heartfelt thoughts have been shared.

This week I have written a post supporting the #SeriouslyAwkward  campaign organised by The Children’s Society.  The campaign hopes to change the law to protect vulnerable 16-17 year olds who have no protection from harm as they fall between childhood and adulthood.

You can help by signing the petition

 

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I’ve got my skincare glow back

I’ve always tried to look after my skin, no smoking, not too much drinking and as I always look more lobster than golden glow, not too much sun.

I had no fancy routines just cleansing and a bit of moisturiser but this simple skincare routine became a struggle when I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis which spread to my hands.

I can still do most things,  but not being able to flatten your palms is a nuisance when trying to clean your face.  This bothered me as being over 40 I want to take care even more.

But I’m not bothered now as I discovered this!

magnitone

 

When I saw the Magnitone Lucid I knew it would be the answer for me.  A small travel size cleanser which has electromagnetic pulsations that send rapid vibrations into the skin. The magnetic charger (which I find fascinating)  provides enough power to last approx 2 weeks  so there’s no faffing about when you’re getting ready.

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A  little dab of cleanser or soap and you’re away, it’s waterproof too so you can use it in the shower.  The 2o second timer bleep helps you give the same attention to each area and after a minute you’re done.

I can’t recommend this enough, my skin feels different and I know I’m giving it a decent cleanse, and as it can be used by over 14’s  our teenager thinks it’s a  great idea and we’re buying another brush so he can have his own attachment.  How about that, something that does span the generations. I’m so pleased Magnitone let me try this.

If you’re thinking of getting a Magnitone Lucid there’s 20% off at www.magnitone.co.uk.
until the end of July 2015 with the code Lorraine20

 

 

Family Fever

 

 

 

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Talk about it Tuesday 14/7/15

This weeks introduction to Talk about it Tuesday is about Chickens!

Emma, the lovely  Farmers Wife & Mummy has just invested in chickens for the farm, being vegetarian she obviously has no thoughts of eating them, but I have no such scruples and wrote her this for fun…

Chickens

So what have you been up to this week?

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I never looked like a tearaway tot

Once again it’s #FlashbackFriday and this week I’ve copied a photo of me and my baby sister, yes it is black & white!

me&angela

This photograph was sent to my Aunt with a note attached from my Mum, which included the line:

‘I wish I could actually send Lorraine instead of a photo’

Apparently I was a tearaway tot, who knew!

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