Pre Teens

Help your teen recover from a broken heart

When our teens get into dating, it can be pretty scary for us, as parents. Negotiating all those emotional, physical and social aspects that come with relationships can be tough. KELLY EDEN takes a look at what we can do when the relationship turns sour, …

Grandparents raising grandchildren

Are you raising someone else’s child? Do you need help understanding and coping with their anxiety or their challenging behaviour? Do you need help getting access to financial support entitlements for the child in your care?  If yes, you are not alone. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren …

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 …