Archives for April 2013

The Cinnamon Challenge

Most parents have probably heard of the cinnamon challenge by now. Briefly for those who haven’t – it’s a YouTube-driven “craze” where (mostly) teens attempt to swallow a tablespoon of ground cinnamon, usually resulting in an explosion of coughing and laughter. Most of us have also probably read plenty of news items warning against this.. Read more

What not to say to ageing parents

By Rachel Hynes. My mum, who was staying with us, was getting ready to cook my little ones’ dinner when she sought me out to light the oven for her. Exasperated, I said: “Mum, I’ve shown you how to do that so many times!” My husband looked at me shocked, and my mum was clearly.. Read more

Teen writers ebook – 2013 Teenage Blogging Competition

For the second year of our blogging competition for high school students, we asked teenagers to tell us parents anything we needed to hear. We picked five posts to feature each day of National Youth Week, but really, it is impossible to judge a teenager’s heartfelt words to parents. All kids have something valuable to.. Read more

Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will leave us scarred

By Shari, aged 17. Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will leave us scarred. We go through life with that little rhyme. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. But the reality is, words hurt. No matter who you are or where you come from words.. Read more

The computer is not where my brain goes to die

By Robert, 15. Whenever I use a computer you glower at me and start raving on about how when you were a kid you went out and played in the sunshine with a horde of giggling friends and had fun. You use the argument that my brain will shrink and my eyes will go square.. Read more

Stop fighting! I am hurt

By Eva, aged 15. Today, I want to talk about a very serious thing that occurs in most family. That’s the affect to children from their parents. What parents are doing is what their children are doing. If you are happy, then I will be happy. But if you always sad, keep fighting with each.. Read more

Parents shouldn’t have unreasonable expectations for their children

By Spinner, aged 14. Dear Mum/Dad, I would like to tell you that the pressure you have placed on me has made me confused.  I am confused about where my future lies, what I should become, and I don’t know who I am anymore. Remember that day mum and dad, when you had an argument.. Read more

He started it!

By April-Rose, 14. I’m not perfect. And I know that as the eldest child I’m expected to be … but I think that I can say on behalf of all older teenage siblings that even though we are more mature, responsible, and ‘should know better’, we’re not always going to politely ask our younger sibling who.. Read more

No body needs the body police

By Dr Ameerah Mattar. Here we go again. Hollywood star Kim Kardashian, once lauded for her physique, has become the latest celebrity in the firing line. Although she is no stranger to living in a fishbowl, the scrutiny over her body has reached a new level of absurdity since news about her pregnancy broke. Seemingly.. Read more