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The Bullied Strikes Back

March 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

VIDEO: Shocking school fight video

This video is currently doing the rounds of Facebook pages of
teenagers across the globe. And for good reason. More children have either been bullied or know someone who’s been bullied than are bullies.
It makes for compelling viewing to see a bully finally hit back. It’s the fantasy of every bullied child. [...]

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Tags: Bullying · Education · Self-esteem · Uncategorized · Violence

Inspired By A Will To Win

June 6th, 2010 · 2 Comments

It may not have been the outcome that we were all hoping for, but when Francesca Schiavone won the French Open last night against the favoured Sam Stosur I was handed a relevant case study for the next pep talk with my 16-year-old.
Stosur had beaten Schiavone in their previous four battles, as [...]

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Tags: Education · Heroes · Motivation · Self-esteem · Sport

How Involved Should You Be With Their School?

March 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I hadn’t spoken of the incident that I’m about to share for at least six years. I’d pushed the very thought to the back of my mind, so distressing was my first contact with the powers that be at my son’s new school seven years ago.
But in recent weeks I’ve had cause to speak [...]

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Tags: Bullying · Culture · Education · Uncategorized

Empowered To Study

September 9th, 2009 · No Comments

I think we may have turned a corner. I have spent the past four years tearing my hair out, trying to convince my son that studying is part of the high school deal.
But he has never been a child who can be made to do anything that he doesn’t want to. As a toddler [...]

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Tags: Education · Motivation

Time To Shock Teens Out Of Text-Driving

September 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Above: Texting while Driving U.K. Ad
When I saw this ad on a news programme last week, I was captivated by its horror and immediately became an advocate for it being shown to Australian teenagers. But there’s a view that it may be too confronting for children to see.
In my view it’s exactly the [...]

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Tags: Education · Law · Rules

Time To Take Bullies On Directly

September 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

My 15-year-old was as shocked as I was. As he read about 15-year-old Jai Morcom’s death last Friday following a schoolyard fight at Mullumbimby High School, on NSW’s north coast, I could tell that this news item was a little too close for comfort.
Allegations of bullying turned my horror to anger. Bullying has become commonplace [...]

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Tags: Bullying · Education · Parental Bonding · Violence

Does This Campaign Speak To You?

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments

If you’ve been reading this blog you’ll already know my view on alcohol and teenagers. It’s a view that is at odds with the findings presented in the new Drinkwise TVC.
While I don’t advocate plying them with drink before the legal age of 18, I’ve always believed that if you don’t make it mysterious and [...]

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Tags: Alcohol · Education · Media

The Mail On Binge Drinking

August 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment


Apparently the pattern of binge drinking in adult life starts with teenage drinking in the home. Really.
According to a Deakin University study, the practice of allowing your children to have an alcoholic drink at home can result in them drinking an increased amount when they’re out with friends. The study suggests that it just [...]

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Tags: Alcohol · Education · Health

Mood Swings? Whatever!

August 13th, 2009 · No Comments

I caught the ‘moods’ episode of Whatever! The Science Of Teens on the ABC tonight. There was a huge emphasis on depression and its causes.
We all know that teenagers experience vast mood swings (and due to proximity, we do too), but I had no idea that psychologists consider the ‘downs’ to be as important to [...]

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Tags: Depression · Education · Media · Relationships

Communicate Or Be Damned!

August 12th, 2009 · No Comments

According to an article in The New York Times, technology is being prioritised over family life in many American households.
“Mr. Gude wakes at around 6 a.m. to check his work e-mail and his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The two boys, Cole and Erik, start each morning with text messages, video games and Facebook.”
As I [...]

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Tags: Education · Parental Bonding · Relationships · Rules · Technology