Ask an Expert: What can I do about my 13-year-old who doesn’t want to do family things anymore?

If a 13-year-old decides he/she does no longer want to go out with the rest of the family (to visit uncles or go to church etc) what is the smartest course of action without being a dictator? Wanting to avoid hanging out with the family is a pretty normal part of adolescence that is often.. Read more

Ask an Expert – How do I protect our other children from the behaviour of our out-of-control teen?

We have an out-of-control 14-year-old girl – avoiding school, disappearing at night, smoking, lying, with some big anxiety and depression issues too.  We are doing everything we can to try and help get her back on ‘the right track’ – counselling, medication, love. My question is about our three younger children – 12, 8 and.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Does making sexual relationships sound wrong or dirty give teens a bad start to their sexual lives?

Does making sexual relationships sound wrong or dirty give teens a bad start to their sexual lives?  The language we use around relationships and sexuality can have a huge impact, so the simple answer to this question is yes.  Depending on the individual child, using negative language may contribute to a negative attitude towards sex,.. Read more

Ask an Expert: What is the parent’s role when a teenager is in counselling?

When young people see counsellors and psychologists there are times when parents are included in the conversations but often the door is closed and as a parent you have to trust the professional to guide your teen. I have been lucky to find good help for my daughter, I know if I need to ask.. Read more

Ask an Expert: What advice do you have for parents in interacting with their children’s high school?

What advice do you have for parents in interacting with their children’s high school? Technology has opened the doors for schools to have a greater connection with parents than previously possible. It’s no longer adequate or desirable to have two meetings a year. Parents want and need to know how their child is progressing at.. 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

Ask an Expert – How can I keep my daughter safe at schoolies week?

My daughter is going to Schoolies Week. I’m really worried about excess drinking, drugs and unsafe sex. How can I help her keep safe and how do I even talk to her about all of this !!!! If your daughter is going to schoolies week look at it as an opportunity – most probably the.. Read more

Australian Teenage Expo 2013

The Kids Are All Right will be giving away an iPad Mini to one lucky person who attends the 2013 Australian Teenage Expo. Look for the Parents Cheat Sheet postcard in the showbag for all the details on how to enter. Once you’ve entered the competition, stick the postcard to your fridge so you always.. Read more

How to survive the ‘terrible teens’

By Louisa Simmonds. Unlike a lot of my ‘smug-parent’ friends, I didn’t gel instantly with my kids when they were little people. Some parents prefer that stage, when their children are needy dependent and still have some parental control; I always considered myself to be a more hip parent. I wanted to be friends with.. Read more