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Dumped & Betrayed: A Life Lesson

May 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

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

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

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

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

Your Teenager’s First Tax Return

July 20th, 2009 · No Comments

My 15-year-old son has to file his first tax return this year after a modest start to his working life last summer. My son worked temporarily as a shop assistant at an outdoor clothing store and tax was withheld from his earnings.
He applied for a tax file number at the time but he hadn’t received [...]

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Tags: Rules · Work

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

Exams, Lies and Independence

June 13th, 2009 · No Comments

The graph above shows the research results of an American 2008 study by Serena Perkins and Elliot Turiel into situations in which teenagers think it’s OK to lie to their parents.
As you can see from the graph, a significant amount of 15-17-year-olds believe lying is OK when their parents have personal objections to their [...]

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Tags: Parental Bonding · Rules · Self-esteem

Teaching Boys That Yes Means No

May 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’ve been brainwashing my sons with the “no means no” message since they were very young. I have muttered that mantra over and over again. They now believe it inherently and until recently I thought I’d done my job for the cause of female safety.
Recent stupid decisions by prominent young men have given rise to [...]

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Tags: Rules · sex