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Girls Control The Boy Puppets

May 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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On the weekend I learned that girls determine the pairings when you’re 12 or 13 and wearing your relationship trainer wheels.
A 12-year-old boy, on the sideline of my son’s rugby match, filled me in on the gameplay. Apparently the boys stand there like naive ducks, hoping a girl (any girl) will like them. The girls [...]

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Tags: Body Image · Relationships · Self-esteem · sex · social media

When Your Child Stops Thinking You’re Perfect

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

A former colleague of mine is bulimic, has been for a good 20 years, and her daughter is about to turn 13.
I’ve been wondering what she will say to her daughter when the child finally takes off her adoring glasses and sees her mum as skin and bones. It’s part of the disappointment of [...]

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Tags: Anxiety · Body Image · Education · Media

Is Your Child Struggling With Puberty?

April 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

Have you noticed that some of your teenager’s friends have raced ahead in their physical development? Is your daughter’s best friend suddenly wearing a D-cup while your daughter is still in her training bra? Has your son’s voice only just started to break while his mates are already shaving regularly?
The problem with puberty is that [...]

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Tags: Body Image · Puberty · Self-esteem