The Media’s Impact on Body Image & Self-Esteem

Adolescents are shaped by what they consume Sally Thorp looks at the media’s impact: “Adolescence is a time of experimentation and managing the “in between” stage. They experiment with beliefs, images, experiences and relationships. Having left childhood behind, but...

“Spoilt Brat”: A New Kind of Bully?

There’s a new kind of bully in town We’ve recently been hearing from schools about a new kind of bully. Previously, bullies often had issues, low self-esteem, or an unresolved anger. Now we’re increasingly hearing about bullies from affluent, indulged...

Divorce and the Adolescent: Tips to Consider

Many parents are asking about this topic We receive many emails from parents, asking about divorce, its effects and minimizing the impact on children. Tom Burkhalter gives some invaluable insight: “The crucial fact in thinking about divorce is that the child’s...

Parenting: Authoritarian, Permissive or Democratic?

Which parenting style should I be using? Many parents express uncertainty about which kind of parenting styles are most effective. Liz Dooley from FAMSA summarizes her thoughts as follows: ”We need balance in parenting teenagers. At one end of the scale there is...

Year-End Wrap Up from the Life Talk Team

The end of a year is often a bittersweet reflection. It may have felt incredibly busy and stressful, with no time to catch your breath and being on-the-go all the time. There may have been challenges and set-backs, failure and disappointment but, in order to enjoy...

10 Tips To Enhance Communication with Teenagers

When it feels like your teenager is living on another planet It helps to know that this process of emotional separation from parents is normal and necessary. The teenagers are trying to discover who they are and what their value system is. They are testing and...