5 Unexpected Positives of Parenting Teenagers
Parenting teenagers: just the thought can send cold shivers down the spines of parents of young children. I am not going to lie; it has its tough days. I have endured mood swings, bad attitude, emotion fuelled fights, threats to leave home and the over whelming desire to die hair green…that’s me not them! If you didn’t drink before, odds...
Opinion : Sex Education in Schools Should Be Mandatory
Sex-Education-in-Schools
Last night I watched a controversial UK documentary featuring Goedele Liekens, a dutch television presenter who went to university to become a professor in all matters of sex, and participated as temporary student educator in the show called “Sex In Class”. Based only on the program’s title I made up my mind it wouldn’t be something I could agree with,...
What You Need To Know About Sexting and Teens
It's true the world in which we're parenting our teens is very different to the one we were raised in. Of course kids are still kids... and always will be, but today's technology allows them ways of communicating and interacting that we've never needed to manage before now. Data shows that 89% of Australian adolescents own a mobile phone, with...
Navigating Relationships With Your Teen, Their Friends and You
Friendships are funny things and even for us, as adults, they can be complicated. Teen friendships can be super hard to navigate and it’s hardly any surprise. Right from the early years when your child first begins socialising with others you naturally wish for them to be liked, have friends and enjoy the company of others. And when friendship difficulties...
What Would You Do If You Saw a Teen Girl With a Dangerous Online Predator?
Online-Grooming
Picture this : You're in a cafe and you notice a middle-aged man approach a teenage girl who is sitting on her own. You realise they have arranged to meet there and then you overhear something disturbing... and dangerous. Sixteen year old Maria met Brian online and had finally agreed to meet for a first date. She had no idea that...
Sleepless Teens: Bedtime Issues & Hormone Wars
Teenagers and sleep. A tumultuous relationship at best. As hard to get into bed as when they were a toddler and then in the morning even a brass band won’t rouse them. Girls or boys, they both require as much sleep as when they were toddlers. Not only is their body maturing at a fast rate, but physiologically and...
Loom bands are out, Cyril Rioli is in! Nurturing Their Inner Entrepreneur
If I never have to see another small coloured rubber band lying tauntingly on my lounge-room floor or endure another YouTube tutorial on “How to make the wickedest, coolest, awesomest ladder band in the world” presented by some precocious 10yr old it will be too soon!! Lucky for me and all the other parents of the world we are going...
Does Your Teenager Have a Right to Privacy?
A very normal part of adolescence is a teen’s desire to spend less time with family and more time elsewhere – either out and about with friends or secluded alone in their bedroom aka teen-cave. Personal space and privacy isn’t entirely a bad thing for teens, but there are times when it’s sensible to limit seclusion and secrecy. Despite the...
Is Your Household Ready for Teenagers and Hormones?
Teenagers and hormones. A supercharged combination! Is your household ready for it? My son is 9.  I want to bottle this age.  Growing up but still my little man.  But watching both the boys and girls in this age group, reveals subtle but real hormone changes – a warm up for what is about to hit!  Puberty is marked in both...
10 Things To Tell Your Kids Before They’re Too Cool
This week, my daughter turns 10, and two things occurred to me about this: How the hell do I have a 10-year-old? Is a real adult going to show up and help out with this sometime soon? There are so many things I want to tell her -- now, before she is in the onslaught of middle school and too...