Pre Teens

How low is too low?

DR KIRSTEN WOOFF provides us with some insights into what constitutes typical teenage ‘moodiness’ and when we need to take matters more seriously. Parents often ask me, “Is my teenager just being moody, or is there something more serious happening?” Teenagers I work with also …

Tell Me

What does it feel like to be in love? Is it embarrassing to have sex? Can a grandmother have children? What does LGBT mean? What happens if you don’t feel like having sex? Why do you get pimples? All excellent questions! Tell Me collects questions …

Preparing for periods

KELLY EDEN shares how discussing menstruation with your children can become a normal part of conversation rather than a “special talk”. When’s the right time to start talking about periods? When I was teaching, the puberty lessons began in Year 7. But with my own girls, …

Out-of-school fun

Let’s be honest, sometimes we just need an extra hand when it comes to out-of-school care. Thankfully there are reputable organisations such as MASH to look after our children when we need it. Maybe you’re starting a 40-hour working week in the New Year, or …

Addiction and the adolescent brain

DAVID GILLESPIE explains that, due to major changes in their brains, adolescents are particularly susceptible to addiction, and yet they have 24/7 access to highly addictive software that exploits this vulnerability. By KATE BARBER. Since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007, our kids have …

Managing teen conflict

Often, the way we parented when our children were young no longer works for the teenage years. KELLY EDEN discusses the latest research-based ideas for parents of teens. If you’ve found yourself struggling to handle conflict well with your teen, try these five steps to …

Safety net

JOHN PARSONS, New Zealand’s leading authority on cyber safety for children, responds to fears around the impact of the Christchurch shootings and our kids’ exposure to distressing material on the internet. By Kate Barber. The Christchurch shootings, and in particular the images and commentary that …

Why Tweens and Teens are amazing

The adolescent years have a bad reputation for turning our sweet little children into hormonally-driven, impulsive, lazy, moody teens, but according to new research the tween and teen years are really a time we can be excited about. By Kelly Eden. Adolescence is a really …