Thursday, July 2, 2015

Does Your Teenager Lie?

Parent Question: Any ideas for dealing with lying? Lying about assignments, homework, jobs done. I despise lying. And despite my dealings with druggies every working day and being an amazing lie detector, she is managing to slip some past me – just because I can’t understand why should would lie to me in the first place – what is there to gain??? Certainly not my respect.


When I overhear teenager’s conversations I can’t help but conclude that ALL teenagers lie occasionally and many lie often! They may lie about how much alcohol they drank, what they did on the weekend

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Does Your Young Person Experience Anxiety?

A wonderful mother phoned me today.  She was very concerned about her daughter who seldom went out with friends and was becoming increasingly worried about going to school.  As we talked a little more I realised that the core issue was not her social skills but anxiety.  Her daughter was able to interact well at home but was experiencing out of proportion fear when relating to people she didn’t know well.

Teenage Problems, Social Issues and Bullying

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems experienced by young people.  In Australia, anxiety disorders are estimated to affect one in ten young people aged between 12

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Being Involved in Your Teens Online World

Young people are building community around games and social media platforms.  They are connecting to thousands of people around the world, but are they connecting to you?


Quick tips for parents who want to stay connected:

– Don’t freak out about what you see online.  What young people are talking about online is often no different to what you talked about with your friends without your parents’ presence. You are just seeing what your parents didn’t see.  I am sure you swore and discussed sex…didn’t you?

– Monitor, don’t stalk. If your child is 12 years old you have to

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