How to reconnect with your teenager

By Sacha Kaluri. Being a parent of teenagers who just want to live their own lives can be hard work. If you’ve been feeling a bit out of touch with your teenagers lately, it is possible to reconnect with the children who were once your babies. In my job visiting schools around Australia and talking.. Read more

Grateful teens are happier teens

Growing up grateful gives teenagers multiple mental health benefits, new research shows. Grateful teens are more likely to be happy, less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and less likely to have behavior problems at school. “Gratitude played an important role in many areas of positive mental health of the teens in our study,” said.. Read more

Would you recognise your teen online?

By Katie Adema. Debra* knew her son was active on several social networking sites and had never found a reason to feel concerned about it. However, one afternoon she decided to take a sneaky peek at her 13-year-old’s Tumblr account, which he had left open on his computer. She was horrified to discover that her.. Read more

Helping your kids handle social pressure

A friend emailed me the other day with a ‘proud mummy moment’ – yes, we still have them, even with teenagers. Her 15-year-old daughter had been invited to a birthday dinner for a classmate at a swanky restaurant, followed by a sleepover at the birthday girl’s house. Our daughters are at the age where drinking.. Read more

The Mastery Club – an interview with author Liliane Grace

Natalie has long been fascinated by witches, wizards and the world of fantasy, but she wants to be able to do real magic. When green-haired, unpredictable Nina bursts into her life with a plan to form a ‘Mastery Club’, Natalie’s mind and world are opened up to some startling possibilities and a colorful, creative family… Read more

It takes a village to keep teens substance free

We know that friends can have a big influence over our teenagers. Now it’s been discovered that peer influence is so powerful, even friends’ parents can influence our own child’s alcohol or drug use. The parenting qualities that count, according to researchers, is consistency in discipline and awareness of teenagers’ whereabouts. “Among friendship groups with.. Read more

How suicide affects your teenager

Jason found himself in one of those tough parenting situations recently. His 16-year-old son came to him at night, extremely upset, saying his friend had just confided that he had tried to commit suicide. The boy had not succeeded, but Jason’s son was worried about his friend trying again, and wondered how his mate had.. Read more

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Don’t punish me for my friends’ behaviour

On day 4 of our National Youth Week teen writing event, Alex (15) asked parents to not judge their kids by their friends. I have a lot of friends who have WAY too much leeway. It’s probably not that their parents couldn’t care less, it’s more so they just don’t have the time to deal.. Read more

We’re not all bad

During National Youth Week 2012, we asked teenagers to tell us parents something we need to know. This is what Resi, 14, wrote for us. It’s almost insulting how little you trust my friends and I. You say it’s because it’s just to protect me but if protecting me means not letting me go to.. Read more

When my daughter came out – Ann’s story

This year, much loved Australian performer Magda Szubanski came out to the public, and revealed that she’d felt suicidal as a gay teenager. Sadly, hers is not an uncommon story. Many teenagers are afraid of coming out and how it might change their relationships with family and with friends and other kids at school. Parents.. Read more

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