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As parents, we all want our kids to grow up with a positive sense of who they are and what they can achieve. We hope our kids will grow up with the self-belief to chase their dreams, change the world, find happiness, and live their life to the full. In order for young people to [...]

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In the previous post I discussed how important it is for teenagers to feel like they count and what might happen when they don’t. Central to the adolescent journey is the daunting task of discovering and owning an adult identity. Our identity is made up of many facets.  Some of the most significant are; knowing [...]

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My lounge room and the streets of London are literally a world apart.  But this week 2 events that were a world apart reminded me about the basics of living and working of with teenagers. On Tuesday night I sat down and completed the national census form so that I could be counted amongst the [...]

Post image for Teenagers & Popularity: Life Can Be Hard At The Top

The school playground can be a hard place! I’m sure most of us have some memories of the stresses and strains of negotiating the politics of adolescent friendships and social networks – and we didn’t have to worry about online social networking. Popularity matters a lot when you’re a teenager. Even as an adult popularity [...]

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Ever since the iconic character of “Jim Stark” was brought to life on the big screen, the teenager years have become synonymous with angst and rebellion. Played by James Dean in what is arguably his career-defining role, Stark was the central character in the movie “Rebel Without a Cause.” Stark was the epitome of the [...]

The old saying “Sticks and stones may beak my bones, but names will never hurt me” has been long acknowledged as less than accurate. Name calling and teasing can have real and very damaging effects, especially on young people.  I‘m sure many of us can still remember names or verbal taunts from the playground or [...]