Ask an Expert: How well are schools adapting to the new challenges of social media?

Given the rapid changes in our world over the past 20 years with the explosion of social media etc, have schools adapted adequately to the new challenges? Is the answer to this rapid explosion in technology satisfied by simply providing every student with an iPad or does that create a new set of problems which.. Read more

Ask an Expert: How do I stop buying my teen alcohol, without losing his trust and respect?

I have a 15-year-old (almost 16) who has a fascination with alcohol. He seems to feel that he cannot have fun on the weekends without it. His friends also regularly drink and some smoke pot. He drinks bourbon (the drink of choice by his father) and refuses to drink any lower strength alcohol. I made the.. Read more

Ask an Expert: We believe our daughter may be in a dangerous relationship

My husband and I have serious concerns about the man our 18-year-old daughter is seeing. She tells us he is 26, but we have been told by others that he is 30, and is using drugs, and treats her badly, may even be hurting her. We hear he has been sending her video messages of.. Read more

Ask an Expert: My daughter was harassed online and now says she is depressed. Do I ban her from all social media?

My daughter has changed. She has become very isolated and withdrawn, skips schooling and doesn’t want to go out in crowds. She used to like going out with her family to shopping malls. Naturally I have run all the medical tests under the sun. She is fine. Her behaviour has become worse over the last.. Read more

Ask an Expert: Are we equipping our children to adequately cope with the world?

With our current ‘bubble wrap’ approach to raising our children, their limited opportunities for exploration, imagination and risk taking in their lives are we equipping them to adequately cope with the world? Kids need to learn resilience. They need to learn how to fail. Society generally sees failure as a negative thing, but through failure.. Read more

Ask an Expert: What sort of conversations do we need to be having with our daughters on issues like alcohol and sex?

In light of the controversy in the media recently regarding warning teenage girls about drinking and sexual assault, what sort of conversations do we need to be having with our daughters on issues like alcohol and sex? Very timely question! I was asked to discuss this very issue on ABC radio recently. You may listen.. Read more

Ask an Expert: My 12-year-old hits, kicks, throws things, and slams doors

I have a 12-year-old daughter who is generally happy, healthy and doing well. She is very smart, athletic, good looking and has generally good social skills … sounds perfect however … when she wants something or wants to do something and she is either not allowed or a decision doesn’t go her way, she loses.. Read more

Ask an Expert: My son is being bullied; should I force him to finish the school year?

My 15-year-old son is having a difficult time at school at the moment. He has been picked on mildly by another boy in his class for the past two years. Two weeks ago the boy and a couple of accomplices refused to let him out of the changing rooms and told him he had to.. Read more

Ask an Expert – We caught our daughter with a boy, and it has destroyed our trust

Our 16-year-old daughter has always been a strong minded, independent girl. She has a small group of close girlfriends, good kids, no drugs, minimal experiences with alcohol, have been to maybe five parties this year. She is reasonably confident, though has an attitude of I know everything and everything will be fine attitude. We have.. Read more

Ask an Expert: Do I let my partying teenager fail at school and be responsible for her own mistakes?

My daughter is very bright, but is disinterested in doing anything but partying and having a good time. She is in year 10 and is in danger of failing (we’ll find out soon). I cannot get through to her how important school is. Sometimes I think I should just let her learn the hard way,.. Read more