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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Contraceptives for Kids

Today's media reports that a pilot scheme on the Isle of Wight will allow girls as young as 13 years old to obtain a month's worth contraceptive pills from selected chemists on the island.

What do you think of this?  Do you believe this is the right way to educate our teenagers; by offering them the opportunity to protect themselves against unwanted teenage pregnancies or should we be encouraging them to adhere to the UK law and refrain from sexual activity until they are age 16?

Is  the Isle of Wight even the right place to pilot this scheme?  Will the teenagers trust the promised anonymity, advice and support on a small island where close-knit communities have formed and everyone knows everyone?

How do you, as a parent, feel about this?  Is is going to cause barriers or open routes of communication between parent and child?  Is all the onus on the girl to protect herself from pregnancy rather than shared responsibility between both sexual partners?  The pill doesn't protect against STD's either so are we failing to pass on all necessary information?  Are we gunning towards information overload and the teens will just switch off?

Also, have a look at this great little website that has lots of useful information for your teens.

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