“I treat them how I would like to have been treated” Reader spotlight – Storm

The Kids Are All Right forum member Storm spends more time with her teenagers than most of us do, as she home schools. It’s just as well she loves her kids’ company so much! As she says, even if they weren’t related they’d be the kind of people she’d like to hang out with. Storm.. Read more

Mums do cleaning rather than ask teens

A national Newspoll survey commissioned by cleaning brand VIVA has revealed that 70 per cent of mums find it easier to do the cleaning in their home rather than having to ask their teenagers to help out. When almost a third of mums said that people not cleaning up after themselves is the quality they.. Read more

Share the Cleaning Week 1 – Breaking the news to the kids

By Emma Toomey. There is a great, untapped source of cleaning help in the family home that us mums simply are not taking advantage of. The TEENAGER. The VIVA Share the Cleaning survey showed that mums spend on average 14.5 hours per week doing household chores versus teenagers who spend 1.5 hours. (I’d be really.. Read more

The importance of unconditional self-acceptance

In our recent reader survey, you said self-esteem was a top 3 concern in parenting your teenagers. We’re committed to bringing you more articles on this topic, starting with this one by teenage coach Ray Mathis, who explains the connection between shame and self-esteem, according to Rational emotive behavior therapy. What is shame? Shame is what.. 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

Internet fail – how I let my teenager down

By Rachel Hynes. I can’t shake the feeling that I may have let my teenager down when it came to how we handled the Internet in our house. In 1998, the year my daughter was born, it really was a new frontier. Australia was one of a handful of countries with a significant number of.. Read more

Putting a square family in a round hole

By Rachel Hynes. In NSW state schools, there is an enrollment form parents submit when their child starts a new school. I was filling it out this year for my five-year-old and found myself getting irritated again. The last time I completed it was when my teenager moved high schools. What’s nuts about this form.. Read more

“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

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

Important things my kids will learn these holidays

By Emma Toomey. As school holidays arrived, and I found myself yet again hurtling towards the inevitable happy chaos of a large family Christmas, I again bemoaned the domestic ineptitude of my darling children. The normal circumstances that seem to keep things chugging along in a fairly civilised manner – helping with dishes, taking out.. Read more