Author Archives: Ruth James

About Ruth James

I am a mum with 3 teenage daughters who is running and organising the Surviving Teenagers workshops locally - these are ideal for parents with children aged 10 - 18yrs.

Making 2018 a “Happy New Year”

When I ask most parents what they want for their teenagers, they want them to be “happy”. Happiness does not necessarily mean having more money or stuff, the evidence suggests that more money does not make us happier. We all … Continue reading

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Some phases in life are harder than others…

Doesn’t life goes in phases and the latest phase of my life has been tough for a number of reasons, hence no blogs for several months. However, sometimes it’s about hanging in there and just carrying on despite what is … Continue reading

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We all need more encouragement… particularly after a tough week

Some weeks are just harder than others and this one hasn’t been great… at the moment I am living through GCSE stress as well as actively supporting a daughter who is doing her NQT year as a Y3 teacher, however … Continue reading

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Surviving maths GCSE!

I have every sympathy with parents of teenagers struggling to revise maths GCSE,  I feel your pain… So, I  thought you might be interested  something I have found helpful, Corbett maths cards.  These cards are great,  there is 1 card per topic … Continue reading

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Building your teenager’s self esteem!

I am looking forward to the next sessions for parents at Heathfield Community School, Taunton. This sessions will be in the staffroom from 6:30 PM-7:45 PM when we will be looking  Monday 27 March: Building your teenager’s self-esteem This session … Continue reading

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Looking forward to visiting Perrott Hill School, Crewkerne

I am looking forward to visiting Perrott Hill School, Crewkerne  in January to run the first of 2 workshops on “Building a positive relationship with your pre-teen/teenager” This workshop will help parents to understand: Why your pre-teen/teenager behaves the way … Continue reading

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Keys to managing your pre-teen/teenager’s behaviour

  I thoroughly enjoyed the last session I did at Heathfield Community School, Taunton, when we looked at how to communicate with teenagers so teenagers will listen! We had a very helpful discussion and concluded that the next session should … Continue reading

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Invitation for parents to workshop on “Understanding why teenagers behave the way they do!”

The next workshop for parents whose children go to Heathfield School, Taunton is on Monday 26 September, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM. At this session I will give you insights into why teenagers behave the way they do, the development of the … Continue reading

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Why does my teenager never listen to me?!

“Learn to listen to hear rather than listen to reply” Now, therein lies my problem, I am basically quite an impatient person and often interrupt conversations because I’m bored or want the person to get the point or, reluctantly admit, … Continue reading

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Ideas for supporting your child as they move to Heathfield Community School

If had known then what I know now, the transition to Heathfield for my eldest daughter might have caused fewer anxious thoughts over the summer before she started. My children have enjoyed Heathfield  ( it was a real surprise to … Continue reading

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