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When Your Child Stops Thinking You’re Perfect

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

A former colleague of mine is bulimic, has been for a good 20 years, and her daughter is about to turn 13.
I’ve been wondering what she will say to her daughter when the child finally takes off her adoring glasses and sees her mum as skin and bones. It’s part of the disappointment of [...]

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Tags: Anxiety · Body Image · Education · Media

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

Risky decisions

March 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The alcopops tax was defeated in the senate and the discourse is now focusing on government greed versus effectiveness of the trial (which could result in the government having to pay back the $300 million in extra revenue generated since introducing the tax in April of 2008 – a windfall for the distillers).
But the real [...]

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Tags: Alcohol · sex