“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 backgrounds, who...

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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 post...

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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...

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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...

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Why Grade 8 is a Tough Year for All Children

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....

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Discipline and Setting Boundaries as Parents

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...

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