The importance of belonging

By Greer Dokmanovic “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead One of our basic needs.. Read more

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Choosing and managing devices for high school

It’s not just pencils and exercise books in the school bag this year – a growing number of schools are continuing to introduce  ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) in the classroom, with many even making this compulsory. From 2009 to 2013, the Federal Government supplied a laptop to Year 9 students in Australian public high schools,.. 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 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

Ask an Expert: Why do teenagers self-harm and how can we help?

My son started cutting himself this week. He cut his upper arm on purpose. I took him to the doctor as I’ve heard of this happening before to other kids and it doesn’t surprise me that he did it because of his behaviour in the past. But I really would like to understand why they.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Is there such a thing as healthy pornography in a teenager’s life?

My 16-year-old daughter likes pornography, and does not see it as a necessarily harmful thing. I talk with her about the things that I don’t like about it – when it is degrading to women, when it is violent, that it desensitises people to real emotions and sexual enjoyment. She is aware of these things,.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Distant, disrespectful 14 yo daughter

I am in a relationship with a man who has three children and we have had two ourselves – we have been together for 10 years. Our concern at the moment is his 14-year-old daughter. She is becoming more and more distant from her father (and our two children) but of more concern is the.. Read more

Unique parent and teen holiday activity {sponsored}

Coming up with new and interesting things to do with my teenager is a bit of a favourite pastime. In the past few years, we’ve done: Zumba – unsuccessful, due to fellow Zumbite who didn’t understand personal space and my teen’s dislike of dancing high tea at the Queen Victoria Building – successful due to.. Read more

Letter to a homesick teenager

12 Australian teen experts in one place, for one week, answering parents’ questions, FREE Ask an Expert Week, 25-29 November 2013 By Rachel Hynes. My eldest daughter, aged 15, is one week into a 10 week student exchange to France. The homesickness and culture shock has hit hard. It is so heartwrenching being on the.. Read more