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...
Free Parenting Seminar for Parents of Pre-Teens or Teenagers
Are you the parent of a pre-teen or teen? Wondering how to survive the emotional rollercoaster? Come and hear Michael Grose, parenting author and presenter, talk about parenting methods that work best as your child becomes a teenager. Find out about: the different stages of adolescence adapting your parenting style to your child’s changing needs great communication ideas for staying connected with your teen building...
10 Parenting Rules – and I broke them all
Confession.  I was one self-righteous, know-it-all bitch Before Children . It’s true. I knew it ALL. Anything wrong with a kid? It’s their mum’s fault. Sometimes their dad’s. But mainly mum... because she CHOSE the dad after all. In my, far from humble, opinion parents were entirely responsible for everything their kids did, thought, said and broke. And I knew...
So Your Teenager Is Learning to Drive!
The day my first born turned 16, his father took him to the Department of Transport.... and he returned home with a Learner’s Permit. I’m not sure if anything could have prepared me for that day, or what was to follow, as in that split second parental-worry instantly grew to become parental-worry-on-steroids. Never kid yourself that having a learner-driver beside you,...
How To Host a Teen Party
When your child morphs into a teen there are so very many changes happening: biological, emotional and behavioural. It’s an absolute rollercoaster, these adolescent years.   And, as I’m soon to discover, the definition of the word ‘party’ changes too... My Mr-so-close-to-17 has asked to host a birthday party here in a few short weeks. And I know it’s not going to...
How to talk to your TEEN about Underage Drinking
Alcohol has long been synonymous with Australian culture and consequently there really should be very little surprise that our teens are drinking beyond their capacity ... and from a younger than desirable age. Issues around underage drinking are of course not new, but with so much recent media coverage focused on alcohol-fuelled teen violence, it’s a social issue no longer...
20 Top Tips on Changing your Child’s Screen-Time Habits
How often do you hear ‘just 5 minutes more, this is my favourite show in the whole world’ or ‘I have to finish this level, pleeaase’, when you ask your child to disengage from their games or TV? It is said it takes 21 days to change a habit, so if you have had enough of your child being absorbed...
Top 20 Tips on how to talk to your ‘tween’ about Sex
One minute we are toilet training our little ones, and congratulating ourselves on that accomplishment, and before we know it is time to have the ‘sex talk’. Yes, our children grow up so fast and with technology racing ahead our children are exposed to an incredible amount of information, and not all of it is appropriate. So when you...