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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Should you have condoms in your house for your teens?

Should you have condoms available in your home for teens to access? Having a very honest and open discussion with your teenager about sex and protection is crucial, the earlier the better. Parents should not wait until their child asks but bring up the topic before they are old enough to have sex. To remain.. 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

Teen sexting and the law – a parent’s fears

This week a mum on our forum discovered her 14-year-old son had been ‘sexting’ a girl. She’d been told in confidence and could not reveal to her son that she knew. She was desperately worried that he could be charged with creating child pornography. Excerpt: “Is sexting (just sms, kik or whatever), only words, not.. 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

Why I march for my child – PFLAG parents on Mardi Gras Day

On Mardi Gras day in Sydney, we share some loving words from parents who march with PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. “Here was my beautiful boy with his happy carefree face, full of love. I hugged him and told him how much I loved him and thanked him for making this.. Read more

Breaking up is hard to do – especially for teenagers

By Rachel Hynes. It was more than 25 years ago but I remember the moment clearly, despite forgetting so many other things between then and now. It was evening, I was lying down on my bed. My face hurt from hours of crying, my body was doing those shuddering breaths caused by a bout of.. Read more