Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An Invitation to Youth Excel’s Small Group Programs For Girls

Youth Excel doesn’t just offer psychology and counselling sessions for young people.  We also run weekly small group programs, with our mentor Chantellaine Cruickshank, which are proving to be pretty popular!  These small group programs are great for those who want to make friends and learn skills valuable for life.  They cover a different topic each week. You are welcome to join us for one week or every week depending on your daughter’s interest and needs.

small grouspHere is an overview of what is happening Term 3 at Youth Excel.

Cost:    $10.00 per session

Venue: 138 Old Gympie Rd, Cnr Continue Reading >>

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Do You Wish Your Kids Got Along Better?

I get asked questions about sibling rivalry almost every time I speak.  I’m not going to tell you this is easy to fix.  It’s not. I’m also not going to give a 5 step answer, because every situation is different.  What I prefer to do is outline some strategies you can choose from. Some will relate to your unique situation more than others.

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Suggestion 1.  You may hear your eldest say, “I get blamed for everything” or “You like him (or her) more than you like me.”   Teenagers need so much reassurance and special attention in order to feel secure Continue Reading >>

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

No One Thought It Was Going To Be Easy

No one thought it was going to be easy.  Blending two families was bound to be challenging, but was it meant to be this challenging?

It definitely takes time, commitment and energy to make a blended family work.  Parents usually enter the union with great joy and anticipation.  Their kids may enter the union with anxiety, uncertainty and sometimes even dread.

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10 – 17 year olds may have more difficulty adjusting to new family members than young children. Remember that teenagers may be processing their parent’s previous separation and facing challenges outside of the home, at school or work. Continue Reading >>

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