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The Bullied Strikes Back

March 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

VIDEO: Shocking school fight video

This video is currently doing the rounds of Facebook pages of
teenagers across the globe. And for good reason. More children have either been bullied or know someone who’s been bullied than are bullies.
It makes for compelling viewing to see a bully finally hit back. It’s the fantasy of every bullied child. [...]

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Tags: Bullying · Education · Self-esteem · Uncategorized · Violence

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

Girls Control The Boy Puppets

May 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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

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

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 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

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

The Case For Investing In Sports Coaching

May 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Sport is a ridiculously big deal for most Australian boys. For those who care, their self-esteem seems to be wrapped around an ability to score a goal (soccer) or hit a boundary (cricket).
My boys have always loved sport but were not born with the natural ability to be sport stars. When they were younger it [...]

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Tags: Self-esteem · Sport

Driven To Distraction By Teenage Drivers

May 11th, 2009 · No Comments

My son will be eligible for his learner licence in November. He seems far too young to be driving a car and yet in half a year he won’t be.
An ‘over-parenter’ from way-back, I’m already nervous at the thought. He’s a sensible kid and if he manages to nail the Driver Knowledge Test I know [...]

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Tags: Rules · Self-esteem

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

Is Your Teenager Addicted To The Internet?

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve had to ban my teenage son from using the internet for a day while we’re on a family beach holiday.
The reason for the restraint? The first thing he does in the morning is log on to the internet. The last thing he does before going to bed at night? The internet. In between, he [...]

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Tags: Addiction · Rules · Self-esteem · Technology