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Talking to your teenager about Leavers

Talking to your teenager about Leavers

  1. Posted on November 15, 2018

It's the time of year that many parents dread — WACE exams are coming to an end and teenagers all over Australia are getting ready for Leavers. Read on for some tips to help ease parental anxiety and prepare your children for this rite of passage. A couple of years ago I made a deal with my then upper primary school aged son that, instead of going to Leavers, he could come with me to Paris and I would let him eat as many croissants as he wanted....

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Tips to keep your son reading

Tips to keep your son reading

  1. Posted on October 25, 2018

I never thought I would have a teenage son who was reluctant to read books. We’d spent countless hours lying together on his bed reading Spot, Thomas the Tank Engine and later the Treehouse series and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. He loved going each year to listen to Andy Griffiths speak at Writers Festival events and would line up in long queues on hot February days to have the author sign his Treehouse books....

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Tips for managing exam stress

Tips for managing exam stress

  1. Posted on September 20, 2018

It’s that time of year again…EXAM TIME! When I asked my son how he felt about it, he said breezily, “I don’t get exam stress.”“Then why do you get moody before tests?” I asked him.“I’m not stressed about my tests, I’m just annoyed with you guys” (his parents and siblings). A friend whose son attends a selective high school told me ...

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Talking to teenagers about nutrition

Talking to teenagers about nutrition

  1. Posted on September 6, 2018

Like many mothers before me, I was shocked, angry and saddened by what I found under my teenage son’s bed when the arrival of a visitor forced me to do what I’d been putting off forever - clean up his room. It wasn’t one of the more sinister things that you may be imagining, but an empty Monte Carlo packet, supermarket cake container and, of course, several empty Skittles wrappers....

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Cracking the 'Boy Code'

Cracking the 'Boy Code'

  1. Posted on August 16, 2018

Last summer holidays, my son gave me quite a fright when he had some friends at our home before I took them to a movie. I was busy in the kitchen while they remained, I thought, in his room. When I went to ask them something they were gone - from the house, the yard, not at a nearby park – nowhere to be seen, and my son was not answering his phone. I was on the verge of calling the police when they sauntered down the street with a shopping bag full of lollies....

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Who does your son look up to?

Who does your son look up to?

  1. Posted on July 31, 2018

Over the past few weeks I’ve received quite an education talking with my son and his friends about who their role models are.  “Lil Uzi Vert (who?), XXXtancion (say what?), Kanye West (I’ve heard of him at least!) and AFL players, cricketers, NBA stars and American footballers.” This was my son telling me who his friends’ role models are. Not much of a sport, rap ...

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What to do with our sleep-deprived sons?

What to do with our sleep-deprived sons?

  1. Posted on June 29, 2018

I asked my son what he wanted to do over the July school holidays. His response was a simple, but anxiety-inducing grumble: “SLEEP.” My mind raced to him telling me about friends who said they binge-watched Netflix shows and gamed into the early hours of the morning. I tried to think back through the past few weeks - was I always remembering to remove his devices at least an hour ...

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Social Media: Setting guidelines and building digital resilience

Social Media: Setting guidelines and building digital resilience

  1. Posted on June 14, 2018

You know you’re getting old when your teenage son excitedly asks you to look at something on his phone then: he holds it so close to your face that can’t work out what you’re supposed to be looking at; , when you hold the device at sufficient arm’s length for your ageing eyes, you have no idea who this YouTube or Instagram ‘star’ is; and, you can’t ...

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My son won't study!

My son won't study!

  1. Posted on May 24, 2018

I never thought it would happen to me - having a son who flatly said he couldn’t be bothered doing homework. My elder daughter had been a highly motivated “set and forget’’ student. But with my son, increasingly brutal warnings about what his future life would look like if he didn’t bother studying weren’t seeming to have much impact. I thought I had done everything ...

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Is it 'normal' teenage moodiness or something more?

Is it 'normal' teenage moodiness or something more?

  1. Posted on May 10, 2018

One week before last month’s school holidays my early adolescent son and I had been planning some fun activities to enjoy together during my days off work. But, by the time the holidays had arrived, for no apparent reason, he didn’t want anything to do with me. With sons especially, mothers often become heartbreakingly aware of adolescents withdrawing affection as they start to assert their identities and independence as young men....

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The School Ball Dilemma

The School Ball Dilemma

  1. Posted on April 12, 2018

Here’s something I’ve confessed to only a few people very close to me: a few years ago I bought my teenager alcohol for a pre-school ball party. Many parents of older teens will be able to relate to the scenario: My elder daughter told me ‘everybody’ would have alcohol, including one of her closest friends - confirmed by me with the parents who I knew to be otherwise very ...

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The Growth Mindset - and why boys can have a counter-intuitive advantage

The Growth Mindset - and why boys can have a counter-intuitive advantage

  1. Posted on March 21, 2018

“It’s all about, when your kids are having trouble doing something new and they say ‘I can’t do this’ - you say ‘You can’t do it yet’.”. Having lived through a more difficult than expected transition into high school with my eldest son, this recommendation from renowned Australian parenting expert Michael Grose piqued my personal interest. During ...

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