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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

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

The Height Of Great Teaching

August 12th, 2009 · No Comments

We fronted up to the school last night for my 15-year-old son’s Subject Selection For The HSC evening. It’s a big event these days as today’s generation of parents are a lot more aware of the importance of subject choice than my parents’ generation were. And that’s undoubtedly because the numbers of students sitting for [...]

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Tags: Education · Motivation · Self-esteem

Hapless Or Strict? Do You Need A Parenting Makeover?

August 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Channel Seven’s new show, World’s Strictest Parents, is the teenager’s version of Ladettes To Lady. It’s a makeover your attitude show focusing on uncontrollable kids. The basic principle is: take a couple of bad eggs, ship them to another country to spend a week with a family who has no emotional attachment to them and [...]

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Tags: Education · Motivation · Parental Bonding · Puberty · Rules

10 Reasons To Suggest You’ve Lost Touch

June 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

1. You share Michael Jackson’s death with your teenager and then start humming, Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough. Your teenager’s reaction is to ask you to stop singing. You don’t bother mentioning Farrah Fawcett then. (Or maybe that’s just me.)
2. You want your son to look neat and tidy in his cool new clothes [...]

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Tags: Drugs · Education · Fashion · Grooming · Motivation · Parental Bonding · Rules · Technology · Teen Dictionary

Top 20 Internet Acronyms

June 19th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s no secret that teenagers speak a different language to the rest of society. The website Livia Web Protection offers information that will alarm even the most relaxed parent.
A LiviaWeb Twitter post announced today that “40% of kids between 10-17 have seen online pornography in the past year 2/3 of those exposures are unwanted [...]

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Tags: Media · Motivation · Technology · sex

The Song That Mothers Can Relate To

June 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Nothing like a bit of light relief! Share it with other parents who could do with a laugh.

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Tags: Motivation · Parental Bonding · Rules

A 12-year-old is Pregnant. What Should We Be Doing About This?

June 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments

A 12-year-old girl is pregnant and we are calling for Department of Community Services (DoCS) blood.
A father is left wondering how this could have happened when he had alerted DoCS to the fact that his former partner was allowing his then 11-year-old daughter to share a bed with her 15-year-old boyfriend.
We clearly need someone to [...]

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Tags: Beauty · Education · Media · Motivation · Parental Bonding · Pregnancy · Relationships · Rules · sex

Do You Know Your Child’s Learning Style? (More Importantly, Does The School?)

June 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments
My teenage son is a visual learner. His third grade teacher discovered this when she found that he required visual cues in order to follow instructions. So while the rest of the class could take in her verbal explanation, my son only knew what to do once she also wrote it out on the whiteboard. [...]

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Tags: Education · Motivation

Could Your Teen Be Using Marijuana?

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments

How to Roll the PERFECT Blunt –
If you suspect that your teenager is using marijuana and you’re Gen X (like me) or even a generation above, then you’ll be searching their room for a bong of the Michael Phelps variety.
But like every generation next, the Gen-Yer has changed the rules and is [...]

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Tags: Addiction · Drugs · Motivation