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Look But Can’t Touch

August 29th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I could hear my son singing and playing his guitar in his bedroom one evening. The only thing strange about that scenario was that he had closed his bedroom door. Just weeks away from his 13th birthday, the door closing had begun.
So naturally I opened the door to find out why it was closed: standard [...]

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Tags: Puberty · Relationships · Technology · Uncategorized · friends · social media

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

Yes, Teenagers Don’t Tweet

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Source: Mashable
I am a mad Tweeter and my teenage son thinks I’m a loser. Maybe he’s right. Social media is a huge commitment that I feel guilty neglecting.
My son and his friends are big on Facebook, but he can’t see the value in sending out tiny messages to people he doesn’t know or care about [...]

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Tags: Puberty · Technology · Uncategorized

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

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do For Teens

June 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

When did teenagers get so deep and meaningful?
If you roam the teenage chatrooms and check out Facebook pages, you’ll be overwhelmed with the public outpouring of emotion. And it’s no longer just teenage girls waxing lyrical about the one they love. In fact, it’s actually less likely to be the girls. They’re much more likely [...]

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Tags: Depression · Media · Puberty · Relationships · sex

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

Should Your Teenager Be Reading Dolly Magazine?

April 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The mother of a 13-year-old girl recently asked me if her daughter should be reading Dolly magazine.
What can I say? I edited the magazine for five years back in the early 90s so naturally I’m an advocate. Dolly magazine is a teenage girls’ rite of passage. It was how I learned about the things that [...]

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Tags: Media · Puberty · sex