Archives for May 2013

“I treat them how I would like to have been treated” Reader spotlight – Storm

The Kids Are All Right forum member Storm spends more time with her teenagers than most of us do, as she home schools. It’s just as well she loves her kids’ company so much! As she says, even if they weren’t related they’d be the kind of people she’d like to hang out with. Storm.. Read more

How technology will change how we parent, for the better

By Rachel Hynes. The McAfee Tweens, Teens and Technology Report, launched this week, reveals the online behaviour of 8- to 12-year-olds in Australia. One finding that really stood out for me was this: An 8-year-old is adopting technology as fast as a 16-year-old. I would consider myself fairly tech savvy, but my teenager leaves me.. Read more

Because having to wait until morning isn’t acceptable

By Rachel Hynes. There’s a saying: the darkest hour is just before the dawn. It is a hopeful message, meaning that feeling your worst is often followed by a positive change. But anyone who has ever experienced anxiety or depression (and there’s a lot of us) can read this quite literally. For many, the feelings.. Read more

Drama classes and acting for teenagers

Drama and other performance activities can be great for developing a teenager’s self-confidence, creativity, the ability to work in a team and the ability to work through a problem to achieve a goal. In the right environment, it will encourage self-discovery and should also be a whole lot of fun. There are many studies citing.. Read more

Craptacular Mother’s Day gifts we have known

By Rachel Hynes. As my teenager gets older, her Mother’s Day gifts edge further towards something I might buy myself rather than something I might donate to a goodwill store. But I will always remember with great fondness those funny little presents she brought home from her school’s Mother’s Day stalls. I love imagining what.. Read more