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Sex, Lies & Our Young Men

October 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

When rugby league player Brett Stewart was acquitted of sexual assault yesterday, his family, friends and fans were no doubt thankful that our judicial system had done its job.
In March 2009 a 17-year-old woman accused Stewart of digital rape. He protested his innocence amid a highly public he said/she said media circus but had [...]

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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

Preparing For Your Child’s First Kiss

May 20th, 2010 · 3 Comments

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“Kissing leads to touching. Touching leads to grandchildren.”
This sweet little quote was posted on Facebook by a 12-year-old that my son has a crush on. I know her mother and I can almost hear her saying that to her daughter. Good to see that some children listen to their parents!
I’m assuming it’s because the daughter [...]

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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

P-Plate Special

May 14th, 2010 · No Comments

An offer for your teenager and friends if they happen to live in or near Bondi, NSW, Australia.
Location: Borders bookstore
Bonus: alcohol-free zone

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Tags: Relationships · friends

Dumped & Betrayed: A Life Lesson

May 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

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It’s a timeless scenario: two boys fighting in the playground, coming to blows with fists; the foulest of language and racist slurs employed for maximum punch. “You dumb f**kin Asian,” one screams at the other.
From the earliest records of history, young men have positioned themselves on either side of an imaginary line and declared themselves [...]

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Tags: Relationships · Rules · friends

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

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

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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

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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