I am a forty something divorced mum to two teenagers. I work full time, running my own, new business with my friend/business partner, I have a boyfriend, a dog, 2 cats, a rather large mortgage and all my own teeth.  My DS is 16, my DD nearly 15 and it goes without saying that I love ‘em to death. However, they also tick every box on the Teen Stereotype Application Form. They are lazy, greedy, belligerent beasts who carry out daily raids on my fridge, purse and sanity and think it is their god given right to do so.  They are an explosive mix of hormones, hopes and hair product, have no organisational skills or respect for their elders ( ie. Me ) and have no idea how good they’ve got it. I remember it well.. These blogs will mostly focus on my encounters with said beasts and my attempts to hold onto my temper, money and dignity during them.

My new business was borne out of the frustrations of trying to help my DS and DD with their homework. My inability to help with subjects like maths and science which invariably ends in rows and stress led me to ask ‘Why isn’t there a website where they can get access to a great teacher who will provide them with the help they need?’ So, to cut a long story short I set it up myself with my long-time friend and business partner. http://stuckonhomework.com/ is the result and I may occasionally mention it but promise not to ram it down your throats.

    • Hello, thank you for your kind comment! I will check your blog out as well..

  1. Hi there, thanks for your comment on my blog. And I love your blog…teens are great aren’t they!
    In answer to your question re home education we used a fairly autonomous approach in terms of curriculum but that doesn’t mean we didn’t cover the majority of the skills and subjects covered in school. It’s just that there are all sorts of ways to learn stuff without it being formal. We didn’t do GCSEs. The children went onto FE colleges, did BTECs which suited their choices better and uni from there. Other home ed. friends who are doing GCSEs at home varied in the structure they used. Some not starting formal style education right up until their kids were teens and then used distance learning packs like the NEC ones, associated with the exam boards they were with. Which just goes to show that children don’t have to do endless academics to get on in life! Best wishes, Ross

    • Hello, thanks for reading!
      The joys of teens hey! Really interesting to find out what approach different home educators take to GCSEs, as you say learning doesn’t have to be endless academia. I think children learn in a number of different ways from lots of different media’s so its good to see variety! Distance learning is a great option, especially if it means it can fit in with life & lifestyle around you. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. Hi,

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    Suzan Hutchinson
    TSS Survivor
    Director of Connectivity

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