How to support a child through puberty

How to support a child through puberty

Going through puberty is a challenging time in any young persons life. By being aware of the feelings and issues our children may face at this time we are in a better place to support them through this often bumpy transition into adulthood. We asked the lovely people over at our RagHeroes Parents Group what are the best ways to support a child through puberty. This is what they said: 1. Always be honest and tell them if they have any worries or questions they can ask you and you will explain it . 2. I am trying to make my 13yr old daughter understand the importance of washing/showering daily it’s a battle. 3. I have a 12 year old boy and I’m always very open and honest with him. I’d rather he heard it all from me rather than finding himself embarrassed. I was extremely proud that we have such a good relationship that he felt comfortable enough to come and ask me if getting hair down there was normal. 4. I have an 11 year old son and I want to wait another year before telling him. 5. It seems that puberty is happening earlier than it used to in general, and I think my daughter may experience it too soon for my liking! She is developing breasts already She is only 8 (9 in March) and is intellectually and emotionally very immature for her age so you can imagine that combined with early puberty?! 6. I think it’s normal for puberty to start around 8/9 years for girls now, a bit later for boys. My boys...
What’s it really like to be a single parent?

What’s it really like to be a single parent?

Over at our RagHeroes Parents Group (join here) our Mums talk about what it’s really like to be a single parent… “Auto pilot…I’m seriously just winging the single parenting thing….so far it’s gone in my my favour.” “I take my hat off to single parents.” “I feel I’m a single parent most times, I get up with kids, take them to school, dress, wash and feed them while hubby works all hours, by time he comes in I’ve got them from school, fed them, bathed them and they’re practically in bed and having 7 kids its actually not that hard.” “Kids come to mum when they need something and dad for fun.” “They only want him when he has money lol well bar the youngest one whos the only one who really is a daddys boy, loves his daddy cuddles.” “I find it easier with 3 than I did with a man and only 2….actually wouldn’t change the way things are for the world. I was told my daughter is being diagnosed with adhd and dyspraxia on Wednesday, you know what? Ive coped them with that on my own for 6 years, I’m damn well proud of my kids and how I’ve raised all 3 of them. Really don’t need a man.” “Mums only need their kids.” “Never been a single parent. I have friends who are. But being a single parent I don’t think makes you any different to a parent in a relationship. Being a parent is the same for anyone. You don’t change the way you look after your children. And I also think that single...

Naughty parents!

So after a discussion on dealing with our children’s behaviour, we decided to ask our parents over at RagHeroes Parents Group (join here) what was the naughtiest thing they ever done as a child? As you can see below, some of their answers are hilarious! “You know I really don’t know, I need to think about it! My brothers now I could tell you that! His was throwing an axe at me! Lol” “I confess: I used to steal sweets.” “I drew a big line in blue pen on my parents nice new white wallpaper on the stairs, blamed my brother – he got sent to bed without breakfast as it was first thing in the morning whilst I had mine until my dad found out the truth!” “Oh I painted the chess board (dads pride and joy, big ornate expensive thing) with nail varnish I got hell for leather for that!” “I wee’d in a cup & pretended it was orange squash & offered it to my older brother, he accepted it even though it was steaming.” “Oh dear too many lol I stole from shops as a kid around 11, smoked my 1st cigarette aged 11, had numerous fights, as a teen we’d ride motorbikes and quads around fields to get a chase, a group of us used to hang around flats in dagenham essex when I was about 14-15 smoking something I shouldn’t have, and was basically a little so n so, a couple of things I’ve chosen to omit mind you, don’t worry I’m not so psycho killer lol or been to jail but yeah,...