Safe driving course – what to expect

By Cameron Graham. A few weeks ago my son Charles (aged 19) and I did the AAMI Skilled Driver Course.  It was a bit weird for me because I was the only 40+ participant.  The rest were between 18 and 23.  Charles has his green Ps and I regard him as a fairly good driver… Read more

Talking to teenagers about drugs and alcohol – ‘The Other Talk’

The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) has launched a new website to help parents have ‘The Other Talk’ with their children about alcohol and other drugs. The website,, provides tips on how to talk to teenagers about drugs and alcohol and information to help arm parents with facts. “Drugs are often still a taboo subject.. Read more

Are our kids the ‘me me me generation’?

By Katherine Hynes. A new film depicts young people as obsessed with social media, and a recent Time magazine cover declared them the ‘Me Me Me Generation’. The Millennials are taking hits from all sides at the moment. Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring is based on the true story of a gang of.. Read more

Argumentative teenagers and ODD – when is it time to get help?

By Brenda Fry and Rachel Hynes. Many parents will experience their teenagers being argumentative, defiant, angry and disobedient to varying degrees during the adolescent years. For some children, though, these behaviours are intense and long-lasting enough to be classified as oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD. ODD affects children and teenagers and is characterised by an.. 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

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

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

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

Bullying – If you see it, call it

On the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, beyondblue is spreading the message to teenagers and adults alike: “If you see it, call it”. beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell says we have a responsibility to report any cyberbullying we see on social media. “It’s not difficult to do. On a Facebook page for example,.. Read more

BlossyBloom bras – because girls are perfect the way they are

[Sponsored] Two years ago, Josie Chapman took her 11-year-old daughter shopping for her first bra. It was not the special event it could have been. Josie refused to buy her daughter a padded bra, and anything mum liked, the tween rejected as something her Nanna would wear. They simply could not find a bra that.. Read more