Starting high school is tough on parents too

By Rachel Hynes. It’s not just kids who have to navigate the transition from primary school to starting high school. Parents may also experience difficulties as their role changes and they feel shut out of their child’s education. In primary school, there are many ways for parents to be involved in their child’s schooling: reading.. Read more

Back to school, earlier to bed

Over the school holidays, our teenagers have been enjoying late nights and even later mornings. They’ve been playing Xbox, Facebooking and watching DVDs till the wee hours, waking only when the lunchtime hunger pangs hit. But holidays are at an end and parents are now facing a zombie child in the morning and Jack Russell.. Read more

Arguments at school may cause arguments at home

The next time you and your teen have an argument on a school night, take the opportunity to check-in on what’s happened for your child during the school day. Chances are they’ve already had a war of words with friends before arriving home. A new study has found that that adolescents have more arguments with.. Read more

What happened when 24 teens gave up screens for a week

When teacher Thea Nicholas pitched the idea that her students go screen-free for a week, it was as popular as a flat iPod. “You can imagine the look of disgust on their face when I first told them. Giving up screens is like chopping off their arm – they are completely dependent on them.” With.. Read more

Teens who feel responsible to their parents are more engaged in school

As children enter high school, their engagement in school can decline, followed by their achievement. But a study has found that young people who said they felt responsible to their parents were more invested and engaged in school and often earned higher grades, independent of the quality of the parent-child relationship. Responsibility was defined as.. Read more

Social environments influence teen drinking

Characteristics present in the four social environments in which young people live—families, peers, schools, and neighborhoods—contribute both positively and negatively to whether teens misuse alcohol, with risk from one area possibly being magnified or decreased by attributes of another. That’s the finding of a longitudinal study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina.. Read more