Parenting, Family and Education
Patricia Carswell has a particular interest in family and parenting issues. She has two teenage sons so can write about teenagers with some authority, though is equally happy to tackle baby and toddler subjects.
Patricia also writes about education and has covered topics such as home education and sport in schools.
Choosing a nanny for your children is not a decision to be taken lightly - 'the future empire lies within her hands', sang Mr Banks in Mary Poppins. Patricia Carswell asks for some advice.
Why am I tongue tied when it comes to talking to teens?
It's rare that I'm stuck for something to say: I can blether for Britain. I'm the person they put next to the awkward, monosyllabic uncle at weddings. I even talk to myself. But there's one situation in which I am truly lost for words: when I have to make conversation with my son's teenage friends.
Part-time jobs for teenagers: Education for the real world
Of all of the teenage rites of passage so far, one of the most satisfying has been dropping my son off for his first paid job.