Ahh, ‘clings to coffee cup,‘ dishes done, son  out with friends, I sit down in the sun with my drink and then BAM! I remember he has revision for a Spanish exam, no wonder he rushed out the door. I panic, I have no understanding of languages so am not much help for GCSE. I try to help by copying a sentence and he writes it in english or vice versa, but I never actually know if it’s right, I just have to trust him. As a language college his High School teaches 3 of the top 4 languages in…

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As Christmas is fast approaching and lots of people are starting to plan presents  (unless like me you start on December 1st) I thought I would update my Magnitone Lucid post as a present idea. 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, so 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,…

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This morning I have been researching motivation and revision help for teens. I am losing the will to continue calm cajoling, and am close to screaming and shouting, although it might make me feel better for 5 minutes I know this will get us nowhere. In my search for a new innovative  miracle I came across this, not what I was looking for: Which reminded me! This year my son has been on his game system more than ever before, he chats with friends and they use it as a social get together in the evening. Our son is a…

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Right! The teen has returned from his USA trip, after 3 days in LA and 4 in New York the jet lag has set in. Luckily he has another week off school to recover, not that school is in his thoughts at all. Trying to get a teen in or out of bed is a challenge in itself, at the minute he is asleep half the day and awake half the night, he needs to get back to routine. Since my son was born he has had a set bedtime, it was so easy when he was too young to…

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Christmas dinner at our house this year will be for 6, including a young teen, a 26 year old, and Nan, as you can imagine the conversation is going to be varied and probably random. As across the country we all gather for christmas this could be the only day of the year some families sit down at a table and eat together. So in this world of tech and social media how are your teens with conversation? A recent study by the Institute of Education has shown a significant decline in young people spending time socialising with their friends…

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