Welcome to my Growing a Grown Up website for parents and families of teens.


Writing ‘How to Grow a Grown Up’ with Fabienne Vailes was just the beginning. There is so much more to do to support our youngest generation through the pressures of the 21st Century, so that they can thrive and do amazing things.

That is why I have created this website and my resources: to help you to navigate more confidently the challenges of raising your young person in an ever changing world.

Here you will find my blogs about raising teenagers, evidence informed parenting ideas, and links to lots of other useful resources. You can also sign up for my free monthly newsletter, link to my #DomIn60Seconds videos, and join my private Growing a grown Up Facebook Community, all just a click away.

I hope you like it!

Read my blogs

Managing Exam Stress – what parents need to know!

Exam stress is common of course, and, to a certain extent, normal, and can even be a bit helpful. What we want to avoid, though, are extremes of stress, or of any other behaviour or emotions.

Published on Monday, March 13th, 2023

Insomnia in teenagers- a nightmare that can be tackled.

I am a big fan of sleep. But sometimes sleep is elusive. It can be hard to fall asleep, or you might wake in the night or too early every morning. This is unhelpful to your wellbeing. Here is how to approach teen insomnia.

Published on Sunday, February 12th, 2023

When Homework is a Battle (and how to reduce this)

For those of us who have been there, the word ‘homework’ can conjure up visions of shouting, crying, and tantrums (and that may just be mum or dad). Here are some thoughts about how to change this.

Published on Saturday, February 4th, 2023