IN THIS ISSUE
MY HEART STOPS FOR THE JONES FAMILY, LIVING EVERY PARENT’S WORST NIGHTMARE”
I might be generalising a bit too much here but if parents are to be believed, it seems that once the terrible twos are out of the way, it’s fairly plain sailing until the dreaded teen years. Then the eye-rolling, giving back cheek, and hating everyone and everything kicks in. Much of it, I suppose, can be put down to the boredom of being an ‘inbetweener’ – they’re too old to do kiddie stuff, but too young to do adult things. The Irish Daily Mail’s parenting columnist Kate Kerrigan has regularly documented her teen son Leo’s move from childhood into teenhood, which hasn’t always been easy – on both sides. In today’s You, however, she extols the virtues of a project that both occupied him for weeks on end and made her proud to see the final outcome. The Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture initiative is a wonderful creative outlet for secondary school children, using everyday rubbish to design and create incredible clothes. On page 26, you can see Leo’s end result alongside some of the other staggeringly good entrants from around the country. Speaking of teenagers, we sometimes forget that Kylie Minogue was just 18 when she made her Neighbours entrance and she’s been in the limelight ever since. We’ve all lived through her cancer battle with her as well as her relationship ups-and-downs – she’s like a part of the family. As she approaches her 50th birthday (wow does she look good!), on page 20, she reveals all about her recent engagement break-up as well as telling us her much-awaited musical plans. Enjoy the issue.