If you are reducing the number of gifts under the tree this Christmas, you are not alone. Many families, either out
My two sons are 24 and 21. They would both be disgusted if anyone were to suggest that sex was
Earlier this year Shannon noticed that the mental health of her 14-year-old son was deteriorating. He was no longer interested
https://vimeo.com/704374089 If your tween is experiencing powerful tears or shattering disappointments after tricky friendship days, know that you are not
As a teacher, seeing students love learning, and their learning environment is very important to me. I spent years working
About 25 year ago I was an upper primary classroom teacher. I can remember being entrusted with the hearts and
A 10-year-old girl approached me after a puberty presentation at her school. “Does my dad know about periods?” she whispered.
Young people typically cross my path when they are between 13 and 15 years old. They are quite often taking
We all want our children to experience healthy and happy intimate relationships, but few parents see the correlation between this
This week has been brutal for Brisbane. We have lost 3 tweens/teens to suicide and 1 mother. In response, this
Warning: This blog post discusses youth suicide. This week has been brutal for Brisbane. We have lost 3 tweens/teens to
Most parents tell me that puberty wasn’t a subject freely spoken about when they were young. It just arrived, and
A mum came to my last night with questions about how to respond to her 11 year old daughter. Her
I regularly teach sexual health in primary schools. Today, a 10 year old boy approached me after a lesson about
https://vimeo.com/524173640 An unexpected shift in friendships. A sudden end to a romance. Poor results in an exam that was meant
If you have a young one starting high school, you might relate to the term “nerve-cited”. It’s a word that
I am often asked about how parents can stay connected to teenagers, when common interests are missing. There is no
Self-care (keeping your sanity care) isn’t easy during demanding seasons, and parenting a tween or teen is definitely classes as
There is always a natural shifting of relationships during transitions. Coming back from regular school holidays, graduating to the next
I have never met a teenager more dedicated to the art of being thirteen than Julia, whose mum brought her
I’m getting glimpses of a new rhythm pitter patting around the corridors of my home. Are you? The tempo has
Many tweens and teens are very, very sad at the moment. School term is now finished and it’s time for
This week I have again gathered THE BEST resources for tweens and teens that I can find. I have chosen
The feeling of packing your bags up and heading home is always bittersweet, especially if it wasn’t in the original
Firstly, I want to send you a big virtual hug to families within Australia and overseas. My special thoughts go
You may (or may not) buy your tween or teen a Valentine’s Day gift to remind them that they are
To the girl who is apprehensive about the new school year. I get it. I remember the knot in
When my own children hit their tween years, I erred on the side of caution. I said “no” a lot.
November 2019, 12.30pm. My husband’s phone rang. It was the phone call that no parent wants to receive. My son
I’ve often found myself talking to my husband about our children like they were aliens from another planet, different from
According to the Cyber Bullying Research Centre 15% of 12 – 17 have been asked to send a nude, and
Michelle when should I allow my daughter to have aphone and social media account? All her friends are on snap
Today was a heavy-hearted day. I was invited to speak to a few hundred year 11 and 12’s about consent.
Today I spoke to a father who was concerned about his children, 9 and 12. They sounded like great kids
Most studies suggest females participate in self-harm at higher rates than males. The Child and Adolescent Self-Harm in Europe CASE
Do you struggle to give your eldest child the time they need? Do you find that the demands of younger siblings
Please note: For the purpose of this article I have referred to a counsellor as anyone who may be in
I get asked questions about sibling rivalry almost every time I speak. Why? Well, it is probably because all of
I find that all parents have a different response to statistics about pornography exposure, depending on their current experience. Some
This topic is deeply personal to me. Why? Because resilience isn’t just a word to me. It’s something that I
Grumpiness. It’s not overly harmful, just difficult to live with. That’s why every parent needs to be armed with a
You may have heard people refer to resilience as the ‘bounce back’ factor which allows children to recover from trauma
I don’t think that comparisons are always a bad thing. Comparisons can give us accurate perceptions about our strengths and
Have you ever sat at your child’s end of year graduation and hopefully waited for them to receive an award?
Self-harm is something that is very difficult for caring adults to comprehend. It is also difficult for young people to
Though-out this pandemic, technology has become an even more integral part of all our lives, especially in regions which have
When parents ask me how to handle a son who is aggressively pushing back against his dad, or a daughter
Given 963 million people go to bed hungry every night and 150 million children between the ages of under 14
Many years ago a mother dragged her daughter to my office. When I say dragged I mean literally dragged. Emily
Like many parents you have probably spent the last thirteen years deliberately investing into your child’s development. From the moment
I caught up with a mum over coffee this afternoon. She shared with me this gem, which is a great
It’s true. Some things are only understood once I was a parent. Having a child changed the way I assessed
“Our poor little girl is being called dumb. She’s becoming really anxious about going to school. It breaks my heart
When parents first find out that their child is self-harming they usually feel alone. They often come to the conclusion
Research conducted by Mission Australia in 2011 shows that 60% of teenagers still choose to talk to their parents about
When you and I were young, it was unlikely we ever had to support a friend who was self-harming, simply
I recently received this question from a mum who found herself in a dilemma after snooping: ‘I read my daughter’s
If you have discovered that your child is self-harming you will be feeling a range of emotions – angry, sadness,
Here are two emails I recently received which share parents’ concerns about their daughter’s body image. Hello Michelle, Love your
Knowing how to manage emotions and comfort ourselves when we are unhappy or distressed is a skill that can take
I learnt so much about gratitude from my father, who, to this day, is the most optimistic person I know.
Question 1: What Expectations Should I Put in Place? Even though you can’t control what your teenager does when
For many years I ran a successful charity that supported young people and their families for 20 years. During that
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