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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

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

Zero-Tolerance For Bully Teachers

June 21st, 2009 · No Comments

What would you do if you suspected your teenager was being bullied – by a teacher?
That’s the question I was invited to contemplate this week.
The teenager confided to her mother that her music teacher humiliated her in front of the class last week. She was performing a composition as part of a practical exam and [...]

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Tags: Bullying · Education

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

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

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

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