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What We Can Learn From Jessica’s Parents

May 15th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Solo sailor Jessica Watson’s boat Ella’s Pink Lady
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16-year-old Jessica Watson returns home
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Jessica’s parents Julie and Roger
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As Jessica Watson sailed into Sydney Harbour this afternoon, I joined the group lining the South Head foreshore to witness the historic moment. It was incredible to see that little pink boat make its way through the Heads. I [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Heroes · Parental Bonding

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

A Mother’s Love

August 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

My boys are the same age that Princess Diana’s boys were when she died in a car accident in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997.
It was the weekend that I brought home my second child who will be 12 this weekend. Although I wasn’t a royalist or Diana obsessee, I reflect on the [...]

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Tags: Parental Bonding · Puberty · Relationships

Communicate Or Be Damned!

August 12th, 2009 · No Comments

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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

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

Can A Hug Prevent Teen Suicide?

July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Every time I read that a teenager has taken their own life I become a little more neurotic. The news.com.au report today that four teens from one Victorian high school had committed suicide this year was like a massive red flag to me.
There was no specific reason given but then who can really know [...]

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Tags: Bullying · Depression · Education · Health · Parental Bonding · Self-esteem

Home Schooling? Why?

July 1st, 2009 · No Comments

I was listening to a segment on the ABC this afternoon about the pros and cons of home schooling. There are pros?
I hate to be judgmental, but I honestly don’t get it. Unless the children that are home schooled are like angels and their parents (usually the mother) can’t bear to be apart from [...]

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Tags: Bullying · Education · Parental Bonding · Technology

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

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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