The reality of raising an indoor generation

Growing up, I’d spend the majority of my childhood outdoors. I’d either be in the park with my friends, or playing in my back garden until bedtime. Sadly, children nowadays spend less time outdoors than ever before. The only time you’d find me indoors was to eat lunch and dinner, and to sleep. There’s a lot to be said about our current generation of teenagers. While they’re more health conscious than ever before, we have to ask the question, at what cost does this come? Reality TV shows lay bare a generation of ‘beautiful’ people who appear to have it… [Read More]

Are your children happy?

A few weeks ago I read an article online called: British youngsters are the ‘unhappiest generation in a decade’. Report finds 16-25 year olds fret over money, their futures and ‘not being good enough’. (Source) The article in the Daily Mail which is based on research by The Prince’s Trust says that three out of five young people regularly feel stressed amid concerns over jobs and money. One in four feel hopeless on a regular basis, and nearly half having experienced a mental health problem. I was also staggered to learn that 62% of females feel a lack of self-confidence… [Read More]

Is Facebook breeding the next generation of gamblers?

It was my 16th birthday. I was dressed up in some new clothes with a generous layer of make-up spread across my face and now I was the proud owner of my first ever lottery ticket! That’s right. Someone had bought me a lottery ticket as a 16th birthday present. Sadly I didn’t win millions. I didn’t actually win anything, but let’s look at the bigger picture here for a moment.  Is a lottery ticket for a 16 year old a responsible gift or is it encouraging children to gamble? I can understand the sentiment and I can certainly understand… [Read More]