Archives for January 2013

The heavy responsibility of choosing the right school

By Emma Toomey. As the first day of the school year looms large there is the usual nervous buzz of anticipation – stationery is bought, haircuts are had, uniforms are sorted and old pencil cases are salvaged. But this year at our house there is a palpable anxiety … at least for me. Our three.. Read more

Avoiding the back-to-school shopping extravaganza

By Rachel Hynes. The “back-to-school” season is sandwiched between Christmas and Easter and is fast becoming as big a retail event and wallet drain. This year, I have two kids doing the back-to-school shop. We are lucky enough to live very near an Officeworks. And I do mean lucky – I dash up there for.. Read more

What is depression?

By Philip Batterham, Australian National University; Amelia Gulliver, Australian National University, and Lou Farrer, Australian National University Many people know what it’s like to feel sad or down from time to time. We can experience negative emotions due to many things – a bad day at work, a relationship break-up, a sad film, or just.. Read more

What online gaming taught my Asperger’s son

By Lisa Young. A few months ago I responded to a forum post on The Kids Are All Right stating that Xbox LIVE has been the best thing we could have possibly had for our Asperger’s teenage son.  I was asked to explain a bit more about this, so here goes…. Our son was diagnosed at.. Read more

2013 Reader Survey

At The Kids Are All Right, we want to give you the articles and information that you want and need to help you as a parent of teenagers. The only way we know if we’re getting it right is by asking you. Would you please answer our ten easy questions and help us understand the.. Read more

Important things my kids will learn these holidays

By Emma Toomey. As school holidays arrived, and I found myself yet again hurtling towards the inevitable happy chaos of a large family Christmas, I again bemoaned the domestic ineptitude of my darling children. The normal circumstances that seem to keep things chugging along in a fairly civilised manner – helping with dishes, taking out.. Read more

Mum’s iPhone for teenager – too many strings attached?

By now, many of you will have read the article doing the rounds about the American mom who gave her 13-year-old an iPhone for Christmas, with an 18-point contract. Janelle Burley Griffin posted her letter to her son on her personal blog on Christmas Day, but it has gone viral since it was republished at.. Read more