for schools & parents
Parenting 21st Century Teenagers
Alicia’s book ‘Why Every Teenager Needs A Parrot’ is your ultimate parenting teens guide! Along with our ‘Complete Parenting Teens Course’, this bestselling book will guide you through the ups and downs of parenting teens. It covers everything from the teenage brain, sex & relationships, drugs & alcohol, parties, festivals, and fake ID’s.Buy Now
We’re delighted to be able to bring you this podcast created in collaboration with Force of Nature, a youth non-profit mobilising mindsets for climate action. Eco-anxiety is on the rise: with 70% of young people experiencing fear, frustration and stress in response to the climate and ecological crisis. According to Force of Nature, many young people feel powerless to create change, and only 26% know how to contribute to solving the climate crisis. Alicia and Sacha discuss climate psychology and what we can do to help young people turn their eco-anxiety to agency.
This podcast came about because of the recent publicity around ‘Everyone’s Invited’ and the topic of consent and harassment. We thought it would be a good time to talk to Natasha and hear her thoughts on how we can approach these issues, as well as how we can facilitate healthy conversations about consent & gender-based violence with young people.
We’re delighted to announce that Alicia was interviewed by Kate Borsay on Times Radio on Friday. They discussed the impact that lockdown has had on the social and mental health of children and young people. Alicia also shares her thoughts on what support is needed to reacclimatise them with school.
We thought we could all do with a little inspiration and motivation. Giles discusses his incredible journey as a children’s book author and how cancer at a young age changed the direction of his life. This is a brilliant podcast about creativity, determination and overcoming adversity.
We were delighted to record a podcast with ITV presenter, Suzanne Virdee on all things teenage life, specifically for girls. We cover topics like sexism, female empowerment, resilience and self-confidence, as well as how we can help teenage girls thrive through adolescence and beyond.
With half term just around the corner, we thought we’d share a few ideas and tips on how to entertain your teen during the holiday. With many of us still working from home, it can be hard to keep them off their screens and out doing some activities. We hope this helps!
In our latest podcast, Alicia speaks to Helen Burns, Suicide Prevention Adviser for charity, Papyrus on how to talk to and support young people, the signs to look out for and what we can do as adults to prevent young people from taking their own lives.
Saskia Boujo, a relationship and sex educator and author of the book ‘This Period In My Life’ has written a blog on how to talk to your child about periods. Saskia uses ungendered language to encourage young people to value and understand their periods. This is an absolute must if your child is about to start their period, or you just want a little more guidance on how to approach the topic with them.
Alicia went onto the Emma-Jane Show’s podcast to discuss all things teens and mental health. This is a very open and honest conversation about recovery, resilience and Alicia’s journey to where she is today.
The summer holidays have arrived and you might already be struggling to come up with ways to keep your child entertained and off screens. We have put together a few ideas of fun activities for you to do as a family, or alternatively for your teen to do with their friends.
Alicia speaks to Ben Williams of Find Your Edge in a podcast about resilience. A truly eye-opening and inspiring conversation on Ben’s teenage years of drugs and brushes with the law, to a decade in the Marines, shaping who he is today.
Following the horrific death of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have been asked for advice on how to talk to children and teenagers about racism.
Looking for ways to engage and entertain your children/teens this summer well there can’t be many better opportunities than this. Fun, reward, exercise, altruism, collaboration, self-esteem, self-confidence – tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. This is definitely worth listening to.
Alicia was so pleased to have contributed to this article in The Observer on conflict in families as a result of lockdown.
With young people online more than ever, those who would seek to influence, radicalise or groom them via social media and gaming will be busy. Find out how to support your child and help them stay safe.
We are three weeks into isolation and the cracks are showing. Is this grief we are feeling? Alicia’s latest blog explores this and gives advice on how to support your child.
We’re offering so much support to families tailored to the current challenges that we are all facing – have a read of our April newsletter for all the details.
We are working with some wonderful therapists across the country and some are offering two free, half hour emergency sessions to teenagers who might be particularly struggling.
A large focus of our work is with schools, helping staff support the wellbeing of children so we are delighted to welcome these two new schools.
The Channel delivers specific advice and support to young people with epilepsy. Launched by the charity Young Epilepsy, it was co-created by young people and uses their voice to make information more accessible and engaging.
Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to helping people in times of need. You can contact them day or night, there is always someone to talk to. Samaritans is currently offering resources to help individuals during the coronavirus outbreak.
Beat Eating Disorders
Beat is the Uk's eating disorder charity. If you are concerned about your son or daughter head to their website for specialist advice.
Childline is a free, private and confidential service for anyone under 19 in the UK. Their counsellors are trained staff and volunteers and they are available everyday from 9am to midnight.
Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation
The Foundation was started by Dan's parents, Tim & Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, to try and prevent other families from having to go through the pain of losing a child, and to stop the damage done by drugs to young lives.
Act for Autism
Act for autism is a social enterprise that provides insights about autism. If you have a child on the autistic spectrum and would like advice, head to their website.
Allsorts Youth Project
Allsorts Youth Project listens to, supports and connects children and young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Mermaids works to reduce isolation and loneliness for gender variant and transgender children, young people and their families.
Frank is a UK based organisation that provides honest advice and information about drugs. The Frank website also provides information on how to find your nearest support centre.
UK Safer Internet Centre
The UK Safer Internet Centre is an online charity which promotes the safe and responsible use of technology for young people. The charity provides support to children, parents and schools to promote online safety.
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. If you are concerned about a young person struggling with thoughts of suicide head to their website for more information.
Turtle Key Arts
Turtle Key Arts believe that access to the arts helps to improve the quality of life by bringing people together, offering creative opportunities, social inter-action, confidence and self-esteem.
The Academy of Mental Fitness
The Academy of Mental Fitness are on a mission to make looking after our minds as normal as going for a run or eating our five a day.