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Bringing up teenagers

By Helen at Branch Counselling Bringing up teenagers can be a tough gig – there are many books, classes and groups when you have a baby and people understand when you tell them how hard it is. But, as children grow older the support lessens, there are fewer books are available and groups for parents of teens don’t really exist. We parents also need to be careful because, while it is totally acceptable to discuss the contents of your little one’s nappy, talking about the details of your teenager’s life can be inappropriate and they have the right to some privacy. For a parent, finding support from trusted friends or family members who can keep information to themselves is invaluable, because navigating the life of a teenager is so complex.   It is complex because their life is complex. A developing brain, a cocktail of hormones and changing bodies are difficult enough and that is before we look at the world around them. As adults we can feel the pressure to be a perfect parent, …

It is CHD Awareness Month – here’s my story…

February is Congenital Heart Defect month – Here is the story of  my son Jamie… My 20-week scan during my third pregnancy did not go to plan – a potential defect with my baby’s oesophagus was highlighted and I was referred to the Fetal Medicine Unit at the RVI for a more detailed scan. They too thought there was an issue with my baby’s oesophagus but they also thought there was a problem with his heart – both would need monitoring and so my rollercoaster journey of hospital appointments and huge emotion began. Every couple of weeks I was scanned, my baby’s heart was thoroughly checked but there was no agreement on what the defect was. After one scan, it was even thought that there was no heart defect. But the next scan confirmed that something wasn’t right. The majority agreement among the brilliant team of consultants was that my baby had hypoplastic left heart syndrome – the left side of his heart was not developing properly. This is a life threatening defect. I was …