Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will leave us scarred

By Shari, aged 17. Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will leave us scarred. We go through life with that little rhyme. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. But the reality is, words hurt. No matter who you are or where you come from words.. Read more

The computer is not where my brain goes to die

By Robert, 15. Whenever I use a computer you glower at me and start raving on about how when you were a kid you went out and played in the sunshine with a horde of giggling friends and had fun. You use the argument that my brain will shrink and my eyes will go square.. Read more

Stop fighting! I am hurt

By Eva, aged 15. Today, I want to talk about a very serious thing that occurs in most family. That’s the affect to children from their parents. What parents are doing is what their children are doing. If you are happy, then I will be happy. But if you always sad, keep fighting with each.. Read more

Parents shouldn’t have unreasonable expectations for their children

By Spinner, aged 14. Dear Mum/Dad, I would like to tell you that the pressure you have placed on me has made me confused.  I am confused about where my future lies, what I should become, and I don’t know who I am anymore. Remember that day mum and dad, when you had an argument.. Read more

He started it!

By April-Rose, 14. I’m not perfect. And I know that as the eldest child I’m expected to be … but I think that I can say on behalf of all older teenage siblings that even though we are more mature, responsible, and ‘should know better’, we’re not always going to politely ask our younger sibling who.. Read more

I don’t want to have sex with your daughter

Hi girlfriend’s-father, Just like to tell you that I plan on taking your daughter to a movie tonight. We’re going to go see The Hunger Games, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. After the movie, we’ll go grab some kebabs or something but not from the shop that gave five people food poisoning a couple.. Read more

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

Public versus private education

On day 3 of our National Youth Week teen writing event, Phoebe (17) explored how she feels about her public education. State or private education: which is better? Undoubtedly you as parents have some kind of stance on this issue. My parents chose a state school for me despite being quite well off. I can.. 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

Parents: Don’t teach your child to fear people

During National Youth Week this year, we asked teenagers to tell us parents something we need to know. Jamie, 14, wrote the following. I feel like it is an unhealthy thing for parents to not trust their children or believe in them. I think it sends the wrong message to children that they should fear.. Read more