Archives for May 2012

Family dinners may not be responsible for strong families

If you’re not managing to sit down to a family dinner five nights a week, perhaps you don’t need to feel too guilty. Eating dinner as a family has been said to head off problems such as eating disorders, obesity, and inadequate nutrition in the teenage years. RECIPE LINK: Check out our collection of easy.. Read more

It takes a village to keep teens substance free

We know that friends can have a big influence over our teenagers. Now it’s been discovered that peer influence is so powerful, even friends’ parents can influence our own child’s alcohol or drug use. The parenting qualities that count, according to researchers, is consistency in discipline and awareness of teenagers’ whereabouts. “Among friendship groups with.. Read more

And tonight’s specials are…

It’s come to my attention that I am running an a la carte restaurant at my house, when everyone else is running, well, a normal family kitchen. Wednesday night, all is quiet on Twitter except for a few thousand people tweeting about the State of Origin, when this comes through from Yvette from www.happychild.com.au: My.. Read more

Sex talk with teens must address pornography

Sex educator Liz Walker says parents need to rewrite the discussions they are having with their teenage children about sex, due to the proliferation of Internet pornography. A report published this week in the Australian Journal of Medicine [1] expressed concern about the relationship between teenagers accessing pornography and risky behaviour. The authors reviewed existing.. Read more

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Actually, this IS a dress rehearsal – negotiating with teens

When it comes to opinions about parenting teenagers, people seem to fall into two camps. There are those who believe that teens should do what they are told, that there is no negotiation, that what teens today need is a good old-fashioned smack and some tough love. Then there are people who actually know teenagers… Read more

Oxytocin improves brain function in teens with autism

Preliminary results from an ongoing, large-scale study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows that oxytocin — a naturally occurring substance produced in the brain and throughout the body— increased brain function in regions that are known to process social information in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). “Our findings provide the first,.. Read more

Parents and kids stressed about NAPLAN, according to Google search

‘my kid stressed about naplan’ It’s interesting to occasionally look at the Google search terms people use to reach this website. This week, NAPLAN was hands down the most common search theme, appearing in a quarter of all the search queries. Some further observations: Searching was more frequent earlier in the week, as parents presumably.. Read more

Teens most at risk of anaphylaxis

Imagine yourself a teenager, a bundle of nerves, sharing your first kiss. But that tingling you’re beginning to feel is not new love; it’s the start of a potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reaction, triggered by that kiss. It’s Allergy Awareness Week, and if you don’t have a child with a life-threatening allergy, you may be under.. Read more

When is it time to call the police?

Sometimes parents are put into difficult situations with their teenagers. One scenario in particular seems to run counter to everything you think your role as a parent should be. How would it feel, as a mum or dad, to have to call the police on your teenager? RELATED: Read Janine’s personal account: Rebellious teenager gets.. Read more

Rebellious teenager gets a dose of tough love

This is a personal account by The Kids Are All Right reader Janine about the difficult time she has had with her rebellious teenage son, and how they’ve turned things around. A couple of months ago I wrote to ‘The Kids are Alright’ out of sheer desperation.  My then 15-year-old son had run away after.. Read more

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