Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What to Say if Your Daughter is Having Friendship Dramas: Part 1

I am writing this blog post in response to this message:

Hi Michelle -   Can you write something around power playing? To help your child deal with those who play others against them. They are meant to be best friends who treat them so badly. How do we make them see how badly they are being treated and to deal or breakaway without their parents being the bad guys.  

Veer_FAN1003931_bullyingThe bottom line is that having friends protects teenagers from being labelled a looser, a loner and getting picked on. Without friends, teenagers are exposed to a life of misery and Continue Reading >>

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Overwhelmed and Encouraged All in One Week

To be honest I have been pretty overwhelmed with issues relating to bullying this week.  We have had numerous youth visit Youth Excel because they are experiencing serious, significant, life-changing bullying.  It sickens me to think young people can be so mean and hurtful to each other.

One 8 year old arrived at Youth Excel with a black eye and damaged back from having a group of older boys stomp on him and smash his head into the cement.  It was all done at school, in the playground while the teacher wasn’t looking.  You can imagine how furious I felt.  Continue Reading >>

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Little More Respect Would Be Appreciated

Tonight I will be speaking at Bracken Ridge State High School to parents of teenagers about disrespect.  I am sure this topic will pull a good crowd because there isn’t a parent on the face of this earth doesn’t say, “I’d appreciate a little more respect around here!”  Most families, at some point or another, struggle to understand their teenager’s attitude, harsh judgements or flat out defiance.

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Here is a SMALL snippet of what I am going to be speaking about tonight:

On their way to adulthood most teenagers hit a few speed bumps.  The journey is not always smooth Continue Reading >>