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Would You Be Happy If Your Daughter Was Called A Hyena?

April 19th, 2009 · 6 Comments

According to the Africa Science blogspot, hyenas encourage sex with strangers. Dr. Jennifer Austin Leigh, the “number one teen girl expert in America,” also uses the term ‘hyena’ to refer to sexually active teenage girls. She recently created this descriptor in her book, Laid or Loved? The Secrets Guys Wish You Knew About Being a [...]

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Tags: Parental Bonding · Self-esteem · Technology · Teen Dictionary · sex

Save Their Skin

April 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Like any mother guilty of over-parenting, I keep a close eye on my teenage son’s skin.
When my son turned 12, a close friend who was once the Managing Director of a luxury beauty company, handed me a set of Biotherm products, Acnopur, for teenage skin. The French-made products were of such a high quality [...]

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Tags: Beauty · Grooming · Self-esteem

What To Wear To Work Experience?

April 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment

My son has Work Experience next week. He’s not nearly as excited as I am about his week in an adult environment.
Don’t get me wrong. He’s off to a work experience placement that he’s quietly looking forward to, given that it has a lot to do with his first love, cricket.
But it’s the requisite ‘office-appropriate’ [...]

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Tags: Fashion · Self-esteem · Work

Could You Spot A Suicide Signal?

April 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments

We lived almost directly opposite The Gap, a notorious suicide site in Sydney’s Watson’s Bay, for six years. We moved in when our first son was six. We moved out just before he turned 12.
The location was spectacular. Across the road was the edge of Australia. We could stare at the Pacific Ocean from [...]

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Tags: Depression · Self-esteem · Suicide

Does Your Daughter Need A $30 Blow-dry?

March 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

According to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, hairdresser Joh Bailey has decided to focus his efforts on getting teenage girls into his salon for a regular blow-dry.
Your daughter can front up to Joh and crew to be primped and preened as part of the special new teen range of services.
A teen blow-dry costs $30, teen highlights [...]

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Tags: Beauty · Self-esteem

Why You Need To Be On Facebook Too

March 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I joined Facebook a couple of years ago when it became apparent that my son and his friends were starting to sign up. I wanted to understand the benefits and the dangers of this very public technology. Call me guilty of over-parenting.
As a member of the media myself, I was at least aware of the [...]

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Tags: Parental Bonding · Self-esteem · Technology

Bonding over Brilliance

March 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I bought my husband tickets to Coldplay for his birthday. Ordinarily I would take my place at the concert next to him but the look in my 15-year-old’s eyes when I told him that two tickets to the Coldplay concert were on their way told me that I wouldn’t be rocking out to the band [...]

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Tags: Parental Bonding · Self-esteem