Post image for Why Parents Shouldn’t Praise Teenagers

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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What do you say if your teen comes to you distressed having received an unwanted image of someone else’s naked body? What do you do if you find explicit sexual images on your teenager’s phone? Even more importantly, what do you say to your teen or tween when they get their first phone about the [...]

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Helping teenagers succeed at school is about a lot more than just learning the 3 R’s and having access to the internet. As discussed in the last post a teen’s capacity to learn can be severely impacted by their emotional state. When teens feel anxious, angry, or upset they will absorb far less than when [...]

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How is your teenager going at school? Do they look forward to going to school and enjoy the challenge of academic learning? Or are they a less than enthusiastic student? With a new school year starting in northern hemisphere, and southern hemisphere kids heading back for the second half of their academic year it seems [...]

Post image for Squabbling Siblings – Reducing Teenage Conflict

Even though teenage sibling bickering and arguing is inevitable, it doesn’t mean parents are powerless to do anything to reduce it.  Parents exert a significant influence on the relationship between two youths and the amount of fighting between them. This is good news for those of you who want more peace,  less arguments and generally [...]

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Does your teen own a smartphone? If they do, have you had a serious discussion with them about how to use it in a safe and sensible manner? Smartphones, and other such mobile devices, are reshaping the way we live. They are but a taste of what the digital future will look like. So pervasive [...]