“Kids are human beings, whose lives belong to them and no one else” Reader spotlight – Mimbles

This is the first post in our new feature where we profile one of our readers. We’re starting with someone who has been with us from the very early days. Mimbles is a wonderful contributor to The Kids Are All Right community in general and the forum in particular. When Mimbles gives advice, shares her.. Read more

From science star to scuffles – my boy’s first year at high school

Guest post by Kayley Harris, mum of three. There comes a time in a young man’s life when his thoughts turn to…well…anything but schoolwork. My middle son, Mr 13, is about to start year 8 and the novelty of high school has well and truly worn off. In the final months of primary school, he.. Read more

Boys aren’t immune to body image pressures – and never have been

By Lina Ricciardelli, Deakin University. Male beauty and body image receive far less attention in the media and academia than the female body. That’s despite buff, lean and muscular male bodies becoming an increasingly popular features of blockbuster films, magazines and popular culture. But just like the female body, the male body has been depicted,.. Read more

Time with parents is important for teens’ wellbeing

You may think you’re the last person on earth your teenager wants to spend time with, but new research reveals today’s teens are seeking out time with their parents, and that this shared time is very important to their wellbeing. “The stereotype that teenagers spend all their time holed up in their rooms or hanging.. Read more

A mother daughter date, with an unexpected conversation

By Rachel Hynes. Sunday was a gorgeous almost-spring day in Sydney, and my daughter and I decided to walk across the Harbour Bridge, just because we’d never done it before. We would catch the train to the north side, and walk back to The Rocks. We would take in fresh air, vitamin D, and the.. Read more

The rumble in the jungle: Single-sex vs coeducational schooling

By Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia I have a confession to make…I went to an all-boys private school. Go on, admit it. You just judged me a little bit, didn’t you? I can’t blame you. Looking back – and even at the time – the whole experience was a tad surreal. At 12 years.. Read more

Rebellious teenager gets a dose of tough love

This is a personal account by The Kids Are All Right reader Janine about the difficult time she has had with her rebellious teenage son, and how they’ve turned things around. A couple of months ago I wrote to ‘The Kids are Alright’ out of sheer desperation.  My then 15-year-old son had run away after.. Read more

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Do teenagers need a vitamin supplement?

Exam stress, insufficient sleep, poor diet, growth spurts… the teen years can be tough on the body. If your teenager is burning the candle at both ends, you might be wondering if they should be supplementing their diet with a multi-vitamin? The billion-dollar supplement industry has created multi-vitamin products for just about every sub-group of.. Read more

Mixed sex sleepovers

By Rachel Hynes. Just cleaning up after a birthday sleepover. My daughter had six friends stay over last night. They all bunked down in the loungeroom, eating pizza and watching DVDs. Till 3 in the morning. Two of the kids who stayed over were boys. This scenario was one I’d ruled out a year ago… Read more

Teens having sex younger, need better sex ed

The age Australian teens are first having sex is getting younger, prompting a call for increased sexual health education for young people. The sexual activity of Australian teenagers is measured in a national survey by La Trobe University every six years. In the last survey, the percentage of students who reported having had sexual intercourse.. Read more

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