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.

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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.

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(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.

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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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