26 March 2009
After the bliss of half term without the rotters, we’re back in the swing of the spring school term. I feel smug in the knowledge that the PE kit has been taken to school on the correct day each week and we’re ahead of the game on the dinner money front. All is going well. That was until the little rotter decided to potty train herself, but forgot about the potty, used the carpet instead and then rode her scooter over the top for good measure! No wonder more women are suffering from stress problems. New figures out this week show that the burden of keeping a job, raising children and looking after elderly parents are driving more women than ever before to the edge of a nervous breakdown. The number of women referred to NHS specialist psychiatric services is rising faster than among men.
And there was more worrying news for parents following the release of figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats, which showed that teenage girls are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital with alcohol poisoning. With two small girls growing up fast, this is not something to look forward to. By the time our girls reach the drinking stage, perhaps the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, will have succeeded in ending pocket money priced alcohol.
For now, the rotters are more interested in sweets than alcopops. A US study has found that kids eat more sweets during growth spurts. Susan Coldwell from the University of Washington, who led the study commented, ‘Kids love sweets; they’ll put sugar on frosted flakes. But that love seems to decline with age. We wanted to see what was going on as that shift happens – at around the age of 16.’ Mmm, perhaps that‘s when the alcohol kicks in…