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...read more
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 backgrounds, who...read more
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 post...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Is Bullying a big problem? Bullying is becoming a huge problem. Among girls and boys, it’s making many lives very miserable and often leads to depression and desperation. Liz Norman has researched bullying extensively and writes: “No matter which form the bullying...read more
Pressure increases In answer to many letters, Liz Norman writes: “Grade 8 is a difficult year for many boys and girls. It is very important for parents to spend time continuously communicating with their children to find out the potential sources of their anxieties....read more
The boundary setting struggle is real Many parents describe their struggle with the issue of discipline and boundary setting. Working parents and single parents often feel guilty about not spending enough time with their children and as a result frequently hesitate to...read more
Fact: Drugs are Everywhere As highlighted in recent media features, drugs are becoming ever-easier to obtain. On school playgrounds, at shopping malls, clubs and parties, most kids know where they’re available. And they’re affordable. Alcohol and smoking are often the...read more
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