What to ask parents who are hosting a party

Navigating the world of teenagers and parties is one of the more difficult tasks parents face. You may have different expectations and family rules to other parents, and what your teenager wants to do may be quite different to what you are comfortable with. Drug and alcohol educator Paul Dillon says all parents will face.. 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

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

e-gift cards and last minute gifts for teenagers

We think last minute gifts can’t really be called ‘last minute’ unless it’s procured just before you run out the door. The only thing that really qualifies are online gift cards, or to be clear – e-gift cards – and more and more retailers are catering to the unorganised shopper by offering this brilliant solution… Read more

Selective schools and missing out

Places at selective schools in Australia are limited and highly competitive. For every student that is offered a place, many more will need to consider plan B. And if children have undertaken months of practice tests and other intense preparation for the selective schools test, or are experiencing pressure either from their parents or self-imposed,.. Read more

Gift ideas for teenage guys

What’s harder than finding gift ideas for teenage girls? Finding gift ideas for teenage guys. Of course a gift certificate is always an easy and surefire bet, and a quick look on a teenager’s Facebook site should give you an idea of the music and movies he’s into so you can buy a CD or.. Read more

Gift ideas for teenage girls

Need to buy teenage girl gifts? With Christmas on the way and birthdays that seem to keep popping up out of nowhere, the need for fresh teenage gift ideas is endless! And although gift certificates are always appreciated, occasionally it would be nice to surprise the teenage girl in your life with a real present… Read more

To pierce or not to pierce?

By Ellen Laughton. It’s official; metal is the new black. Young people are pushing the boundaries of beauty and style with more – and more unusual –  piercings of the body and face. Pierced celebrities such as Ruby Rose, Joel Madden and the late Amy Winehouse are fashion icons, and studs, rings, spikes and bars.. 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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How to make the most of parent teacher nights

Parent teacher nights can be stressful experiences. Both for your teenager, who may be sitting there nervously waiting for the guillotine to drop, and for yourselves, as you struggle to find your way around an unfamiliar campus, to line up for a few minutes with a teacher, only to find you’ve missed your slot because.. Read more