How to make your teenager happy.

As a parent, sometimes the tug of love towards our children is so strong, we just want to take all the pain away from them, and make their lives as easy as possible. We want our teenagers to be happy, but your teenagers happiness levels are sometimes not easy to...
in praise of teenagers

in praise of teenagers

This week I looked forward to two new clients, both teenagers. The first appointment was on Tuesday at midday, because she had a day free from school. 12 oçlock came and went, and no sign of the client. At 12:30 I rang her mobile to be greeted by the message:...
Are you listening to your teenagers?

Are you listening to your teenagers?

It seems that every parent I speak to at the moment is focused on the schooling of their kids. In the Netherlands its the time of year when your 12 year old teenager gets a place at the middelbaar school (junior high inUSA, and senior school inUK). The worry is...
Wake up to your relationship!

Wake up to your relationship!

Are you an early riser? or not a morning person? Do you come alive and do your best work after midnight? or cannot think creatively after lunch? And whichever one you are, is your partner the same type? Over the past 25 years, I have tended to get out of bed earlier...
If at first you don’t succeed..

If at first you don’t succeed..

Today is the first day of spring, the spring equinox, and my daugthers 15th birthday! We  were up in time to give her presents this morning before she set off to school, and, for the first time in fifteen years, I have successfully produced a birthday cake in time for...