Monday, March 2, 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?

A-teenage-girl-reading-he-007Quick 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 Continue Reading >>

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What to Look for in a Counselling Service

Most of my readers will know that I opened a Psychology, Counselling and Mentoring Centre for young people  on the Northside of Brisbane in January this year.  We have been fortunate that the practice has grown so quickly.  We are already supporting 40 families every week with a range of individual and small group programs but I am always looking to improve things.  My mind often races with ideas of how to better engage young people and their families.

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In the process of deciding how my clinic should look and feel, I visited a number of other clinics within Brisbane.  Continue Reading >>

Monday, February 23, 2015

Parenting Advice from a Group of Teenagers

Many years ago I did an informal survey with about one hundred Year Ten students in Brisbane, Australia.  I asked them to give their parents some advice.  I had no idea what they would come up with and assumed they would say things like – let us go out more, don’t have rules for the computer and give us less homework!   Admittedly, some of them did, but others gave me some really insightful answers.

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I felt like there was a moment of real honesty amongst the group that day.  I am not sure I could repeat the same atmosphere again Continue Reading >>