Teenagers

Hell hath no fury like an irate teenage girl

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Something troubling is happening to our girls. I noticed it again most recently at this year’s Battle of Ideas —…

Thank god for the return of the generation gap in pop

11 August 2018 9:00 am

In June, a 20-year-old man called Jahseh Onfroy was murdered after leaving a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Onfroy…

How to raise and train a teenage daughter

16 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Dad, am I driving like a normal driver yet? Are you relaxing like a normal relaxed passenger or are you…

Dear Mary: I keep needing the loo during formal dinner parties – help!

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Q. My wife and I have been invited to a small but formal dinner in the presence of some impressive…

The jihadists of Isis are waging war on joy

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The Islamist obsession with controlling girls

Extended family warfare in quiet, leafy Hampstead

20 May 2017 9:00 am

I like novelists who don’t try to do everything in their novels, but just to do something well. This is…

The country full of teenagers

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Imagine living in a country where the average age is under 16 (in the UK it’s currently 40 and increasing)…

Dear Mary: How to make your 15-year-old daughter behave

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Q. I’ve listened to the radio to deal with insomnia for years (Dear Mary, 18 February) and your suggestion of…

What’s to blame for a generation of desperation?

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Youth is wasted on the young, for the most part, and thank God for that. There’s nothing grislier than a…

Victoria Sibson as Bertha Mason and Javier Torres as Edward Rochester in Cathy Marston’s ‘Jane Eyre’

Northern Ballet has triumphed with Brontë: Jane Eyre reviewed

4 June 2016 9:00 am

The difference between a poor ballet of the book (see the Royal Ballet’s Frankenstein) and a good one — indeed…

Blake Jenner as Jake and Zoey Deutch as Beverly in ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

I’m sure women spoke in 1980: Everybody Wants Some!! reviewed

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Everybody Wants Some!! is a comedy written and directed by Richard Linklater, which is the good news, but it’s set…

School drinking is the best drinking of all

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Head teachers may try to control it, but for Ed Cumming alcohol was the most fun between the ages of 13 and 18

The sad decline of the teenage snog

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes I sit my nieces down and treat them to tales of dating in the dark ages, before iPhones arrived…

National Poetry Day's mistake: letting normal people do the reading

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Imagine what Brennig Davies must have felt like just before 11 o’clock last Tuesday evening. The 15-year-old was about to…

The truth about teenagers: they don’t think the way we do

19 September 2015 9:00 am

We tend to think adolescents are more or less grown up – but they’re not, says Tony Little. Recent research shows just how differently they think

Spectator letters: Housing associations fight back; and more world-wrecking British graduates

1 August 2015 9:00 am

What we’re building Sir: I was surprised and frustrated to read Ross Clark’s piece on housing associations in last week’s…

American teenagers in the 1940s: part of the Silent Generation — so called for conforming to the norm and focusing on careers rather than activism

Older, more angsty...and maybe wiser: the new face of growing up

2 May 2015 9:00 am

We live in an age of generational turmoil. Baby-boom parents are accused of clinging on to jobs and houses which…

Dear Mary: How can I keep my retiring husband out of the house?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Q. For ten years, I have made a reasonable freelance income working from home. During this time my husband has…

How do bright schoolgirls fall for jihadis? The same way they fall for Justin Bieber

28 February 2015 9:00 am

How could they? How could girls brought up in the wealthy West abandon their families and their own bright futures…

I swam up to a beautiful girl on the beach, and my life changed

1 November 2014 9:00 am

I’m writing this from Portugal, where I’m staying with my old friend Sean Langan. His family has owned a farm…

What it's like being a scarily talented teenager

25 October 2014 9:00 am

It was when she said how she loved ‘watching the computer do exactly what you wanted it to do’ that…

My boy the radical Muslim

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Reckoning with my stepson’s turn to radical Islam

For my family, the Vikings exhibition was about as much fun as being raped and pillaged

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Have you managed to book tickets to the Viking exhibition at the British Museum yet? If you haven’t, my advice…

Dear Mary: How can I stop this bore reading his novel aloud?

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Q. Is there a polite way of halting a wannabe novelist from reading his oeuvre aloud to an unwilling audience?…