I’ve been Blogging for 18 months now and it’s good to reflect on the blog every 6 months or so. In doing so, I hope to create a better reading experience for people but also it is a good way to focus on what I want out of blogging and Oldhouseintheshires.
The Facebook scandal was a few weeks ago now. Whatever your thoughts on this, it is clear that many, many people had their personal data shared (81 million in the latest press reports). I’m not at all surprised that data was shared as this is happening all the time even when we are shopping on the internet. Mr Zuckerberg has done his best to reassure us all and yes, some people will leave Facebook but let’s be real here, you can’t delete your online presence completely. Deleting your Facebook account won’t be enough to stop your data being stored or shared. I’m not saying what happened was right but Mr Zuckerberg has a greater challenge on his hands in my view; attracting younger users. According to my teenagers, Facebook is dead and it has nothing to do with this latest scandal.
I am a mum of two teenagers and they both think I’m stupid.
My daughter turns 18 this weekend.
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Time goes by so fast doesn’t it? Before you blink, they have changed from babies to school children. Before you turn around they are going OUT. It’s crazy how quickly this last 5 years have flown by. I mean it was 2010 last year wasn’t it??
I’ve talked before about my worries about the pressures on our teenagers today. I’ve also written about how we could be causing anxiety in our children. I read about how anxiety, depression and mental illness is on the increase and I’ve seen a rise in anxious children in the primary schools I’ve worked in over the last 20 years. As teachers, this is often a topic of conversation in the staff room. Why is it that young children, some aged just 9, are becoming more anxious about life? It is a real worry. This post is not meant to cause offence and these are my own views but I’m talking about real situations that I have witnessed.
I’m wondering if our modern lifestyles are one of the reasons for the rise in our children’s anxiety?
Read more “Is Modern Living Creating a Crisis for our Children?”
Those feelings are returning.
You know the ones.
The feelings of, “I’ve taken on a bit much here and I’m struggling to find time to even go to the loo in peace!’
Why do I not prioritise my own life? Why don’t I practise self-care?
Read more “If you don’t prioritise your life, who will? Why Self-Care is so important.”
It’s a word I like and use a lot.
“Lovely,” is defined in the Cambridge dictionary as beautiful, pleasant, enjoyable and kind.
What a lovely word.
Read more “Finding the lovely in everyday moments.”
I look at my amazing daughter and cannot believe that she is in her final school year. How did that happen? I know that every parent says this but just when you get used to this parenting thing it feels like it will change forever. She’s almost an adult and that’s wonderful yet scary.
Read more “Life lessons for my daughter as she approaches adulthood.”
Children seem to be more anxious in our society than ever before. This is something that I have been reading quite a bit about recently and the facts are quite staggering. In fact the research shows that as many as one in six young people in the UK suffer from anxiety. To look it another way, one in five teenagers in an average class will be suffering from anxiety (anxiety.org.uk). This is a frightening statistic frankly and it got me thinking about why this is happening. As a mum, I know that there are many pressure of our teenagers which I have written about Here.
I have wondered though if we can make our children anxious?
Read more “Could our children be anxious because of us?”
I read an excellent post by Four Princesses and the Cheese Here
A brilliant post about the things Kirstin’s little children have repeatedly said over the summer. It made me laugh as I thought about what my teenagers have been repeatedly saying over the summer. So here is my version….. thankyou Kirstin for the inspiration!
Read more “6 Teen Sayings of the Summer”