Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It’s Always Got Something to Do with You

Over the course of my career, I have made it my business to study parents.  The family unit has changed so much in that time.  Where I once would most often see a traditional mother and father in my office, today tradition doesn’t exist.  I don’t think I have ever met two sets of parents who even remotely resemble each other.  As a result I can never ever treat any two of my clients exactly the same.   What works for one family unit may not necessarily work for another.


However, there is one thing that I have noticed all great Continue Reading >>

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Social Media – Parents Must Think Before they Post

I spend so much of my time speaking to young people about choosing appropriate photos for their social media accounts, however, I am often surprised to discover how often adults post inappropriate images.  I’m not talking about adult’s sexting, but simply oversharing!  Oversharing their children’s naked bums, tummies, bathing habits and tantrums.  A few times this week I have stumbled across parents posting cute, but very personal, private photos, which I am not sure children or teenagers would be comfortable sharing with the world if they had a choice.


(Mum Courtney Adamo was banned from Instagram after posting this photo Continue Reading >>

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Is My Child Being Bullied or Just Experiencing Friendship Dramas?

Scenarios like this are so very common in young people’s lives:

Georgina is chatting on messenger to her girlfriends after school.  She gets a message from another girl which says, “I thought you were my friend but all you are is a b****”.   Georgina replies with a few more choice words and things go back and forth till the wee hours of the morning.


It is often very hard for adults to distinguish the difference between friendship dramas and bullying.  To help parents I suggest they use the Queensland Education definition of bullying.  Bullying is a systematic abuse of power Continue Reading >>

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