My Rich Prince appealed to me as it claims to offer valuable advice to teenagers and young adults. I have a teenage boy and  teenage girl. As with most chapters of my children’s lives the time where they are on the cusp of adulthood has crept up on me and I feel quite unprepared. What are the right answers for them? Is it up to me to find them or should they take the  lead? Perhaps a combination of the two would be best

The author offers life advice on many issues and with some vital ones coming  back to them more than once throughout the book. I found it more of a rambling than structured read but that did not bother me as that is probably how I write too.

The book effectively brings together notes given to a son by the author over the years and covers love, money  and self-belief.

I agreed with some of the guidance, disagreed with some and was not at all sure either way on some matters. I take that as a good thing as it means the book made me think and reflect deeply on some occasions.

You can dip in and out of the book or read it all in one sitting as it is quite short. I have finished it but will keep it on the bookshelf to read again. I  know my teenage son is already interested in reading it too.

The author comments;

 “I believe that I am suitably placed to write this book because of what I have gone through in life and the observations made along the way. I was, for instance, able to leave behind a life of struggle in Africa, to face other forms of challenges in Austria on my own, learn and study in a new language, finance myself through medical school before leaving for London.”

Finally,  I would say that I don’t think anyone has all the answers and this book seems to purport to do that and sometimes verged a little on the arrogant in my opinion.  This is interesting as perhaps it suggests I have more faith in my own values and answers that I thought.



Read With Me

I have a 17 year old son who did his GCSEs last year. He got good results but is not sure what he wants to do in the future. He has dyspraxia so is not a fan of writing at all which puts him off more academic environments. He also had a serious operation last year for quite an embarrassing issue which knocked his confidence. We are considering various options to help him recognise his talents and to develop his levels of self-confidence. One option for 16 and 17 year olds is the National Citizenship Service.

The NCS is an affordable opportunity that can make a real difference to teenagers’ lives whilst contributing to fixing some societal problems too. The whole exciting experience including food, accommodation and travel costs comes in at just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is also provided for young people with additional needs. This seems like a good fit for my son and a brilliant opportunity for any 16 or 17 year old from England and Northern Ireland.

The NCS Programme in a nutshell

  • Puts teenagers through a number of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zone. Pushing comfort zones always leads to great things in my experience including the development of self-belief and strength of character that can sustain you throughout life.
  • Provides a progressive journey so that young people take ever increasing baby steps and then develop leadership skills. I think my son is a natural leader with strong ideas and opinions. A structured programme like this might be just what he needs to help him move into and succeed in the workplace.
  • Enables participants to engage with their communities through  social action. As former charity workers, both myself and my husband are keen on helping others and encouraging our children to do so.
  • Consists of a two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

National Citizenship Service

Did you know?

  • Almost 400 000 young people have taken part
  • More than seven million hours of community action have been completed making a positive difference to society.
  • In 2018 more than 100 000 teens from different backgrounds will come together in common purpose on NCS. This means one in six of the cohort of 16 year olds will live together, develop skills together and build community projects together

National Citizenship Service

What I love about the NCS

  • I think it is always good when young people from different backgrounds come together to share a unique experience. This leads to amazing memories and a better understanding of others’ points of view. In a troubled world, both of these are things we need more of in my opinion.
  • NCS was set up to build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. Who could argue with that? It has the potential to build a more peaceful future with teenagers going out keen to make their mark on the world and to ensure it is a positive one too.
  • NCS is the new rite of passage helping move teens on to a positive future with more self-belief and new skills.
  • For every £1 spent, NCS’ 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back to society.


 Sign up today
There are still places available for your Year 11s to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity this summer. To sign up now, go to the NCS website using this link:
Don’t worry if you have already booked your summer holidays or have other commitments over the summer as the NCS will work with you to find a date that fits in with your family circumstances.
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