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Why I wrote books for tweens about puberty

Everything we do in life has a WHY. WHY’s don’t just happen over night. They peculate like a good coffee! My latest books, A Girl’s Guide to Puberty and A Guy’s Guide to Puberty, are projects that have been in development for many, many years. They have been waiting patiently

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COVID-19

A Year 11’s Perspective on COVID

I recently received an email from a Louise Madden, mum of Emily, which read: Our dear Em was invited to speak to representatives of the Premier’s Economic and Social Advisory Council in Hobart this week about the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of year 11 and 12 students. I

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13-year-old Girls, Grudges and Moving On

This blog was written for a very special 13-year-old, struggling to make a fresh start after having a fight with a friend. I hope it helps your girl understand that navigating friendships requires a gentle balance between boundaries, grace and self-awareness — and that we can get our needs met

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mental health

Unpacking Life: How Parents Leave a Legacy

I want you to imagine you have a backpack sitting in front of you. It has been in your family for generations, passed down from parent to child. This backpack holds all the characteristics and experiences that distinguish your family. It represents everything you inherited, both consciously and unconsciously. Some

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boundaries

If You Have to Say No: Seven Decision Making Tips

I watched The Incredibles 2 last weekend. In a moment of honesty, Mr Incredible said to his teenage daughter Violet, “I’m used to knowing what the right thing to do is, but now I am not sure.” I smiled. You nailed it, Mr Incredible. This is every parent of a

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COVID-19

Edition 2: TOP PICK Resources for Tweens and Teens during COVID-19

This week I have again gathered THE BEST resources for tweens and teens that I can find. I have chosen the following categories: General parenting during COVID-19 Purposeful conversations Things to entertainment  Things to keep tweens and teens moving  Connecting during isolation  Child protection during this time (PROFESSIONALS PLEASE READ THIS

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Boys and Aggression
teens

Questions Boys Ask About Physical Aggression

Many years ago my two primary school aged sons and I witnessed a very public domestic violence incident at a local supermarket.  A male and female were furiously fighting over who would take two young children home with them.  All the commotion had attracted a huge crowd of people, many

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mental health

Facing Cancer: How We Coped as a Family

It’s the shock of the diagnosis. It’s the unknowns. It’s the instant shift of priorities. It’s the tiny, unavoidable practicalities. It’s the kids. It’s a LOT about the kids! It’s the fear of losing someone who you have wrapped your life around. It’s facing mortality. It’s feeling so out of

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mental health

Handling Life Like a Man: The Unique Way Self-Harm Impacts Boys

Most studies suggest females participate in self-harm at higher rates than males. The Child and Adolescent Self-Harm in Europe CASE Study, which surveyed over 30 000 mainly fifteen and sixteen year old’s, suggests approximately 8% of females as opposed to 5% of males deliberately self-harm. The Self-harm and Suicide in

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communication

Responding to Pornography Exposure: A Guide for Concerned Parents

I find that all parents have a different response to statistics about pornography exposure, depending on their current experience. Some parents will shed a tear because those numbers represent their child, others will nod furiously because they child’s friend has been exposed and others will simply go very quiet —

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communication

Even If…and Other Conversations to Combat Anxiety

There really is an anxiety epidemic impacting today’s young ones. Anxiety is the most common mental health issue they face, making up about half of all mental illness in our country. Interestingly, 7.7% of girls aged 12 – 17-year-old have a diagnosed anxiety disorder. Everywhere I go parents and teachers

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tweens

Entering the Teen Years: What to Expect When Your Child Turns 13

Like many parents you have probably spent the last thirteen years deliberately investing into your child’s development.  From the moment they entered the world, parenting became your priority.  You may have taken time off work, existed without sleep, laboriously supervised homework and monitored piano practise.  You may not have been

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friendships

Standing Alone: The Ultimate Superpower

It is normal for pre-teens and teens to experience a rollercoaster ride of friendship highs and lows as they search for their place in the world. (Heck, can’t you remember the revolving pecking order in middle school!) But, the friendship experience is definitely more challenging for some than others. The

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