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My Daughter is addicted to computing gaming…

A year ago my daughter started studying A-levels at our local high school. She was enjoying her work, had a great social life and loved being part of our family. It’s a very different story now… She started computer gaming in her early teens. I was strict about her finishing her homework before she went on the computer and she always ... Read More »

My son has flown the nest…

A mum tells how she felt, after depositing her son at university for the first time. Arriving home to a single sock shoved down the sofa, a dirty plate under the bed and a half-eaten pork pie in the fridge induced more tears and sighs of ‘bless him’ rather than the usual annoyance I’d feel. I’d waved my son off ... Read More »

My son did an apprenticeship later…

After leaving school following GCSEs, Tom took time to find his path. My son Tom was always a good lad, but when he was still young his Mum and I went through a divorce. Although he wanted to stay with me, his mother got custody. Sadly, at the age of 14, his Mum died and he came home to me. ... Read More »

My teenage son has a severe learning disability…

Helping their child with his or her future education decisions can be daunting for any parent, but for one mum it’s especially fraught as her son has special needs. My son is 16 years old and attends a school for children with special needs. He has autism. His entire school life has been spent at the same school, entering the ... Read More »

My daughter took a gap year…

BY THE MOTHER OF A GAP YEAR STUDENT When my daughter, Alex, decided to take a gap year, I was nervous. She had a place at a good university to study languages, and with the £9,000 fee cap looming, I was concerned about the amount of extra money she would be spending without any concrete benefit to her education. Safety ... Read More »

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