Starting School Well: the ABCs of Transitioning to School

By: Amy Cheng

Starting school for the first time can be scary for both a child and their parents, however, an academic specialising in early childhood education has come up with a simple recipe to make that transition easier.
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High School Exam Support Tips for Parents

By: Collett Smart

Exam time can be a stressful period for the whole family. I’m thinking ‘first year of High School’ exams, the bigger ‘final years of school’ exams and the ‘end of each year’ exams in general. Read more

Talking to Teens About Vaping, Alcohol & Drugs

By: Collett Smart

For parents and teachers alike, vaping, alcohol and other drugs are high on their radar right now, so I decided it was time to address it on the Raising Teenagers podcast, by chatting to Paul Dillon. Read more

Raising Gen Alpha in the Great Screen Age

By: Mark McCrindle

In the last two decades technology has advanced at lightning speed, and it can be challenging for all of us – no matter what generation we are a part of – to keep up. Read more

6 Tips on Young Teens, Sleepovers and Parties

By: Collett Smart

There is something both exhilarating and scary about the freedom that comes with being a teenager. Some of the teens I chat with mention how much they love going out with friends, but feel conflicted about the peer pressure around sleepovers, parties and alcohol. Read more

The Importance of Touch in Raising Teens – Tips for Parents

By: Collett Smart

A shortage of healthy touch can have detrimental effects on our health and wellbeing, even leading to psychologically damaging effects.
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Connecting with Teens – 6 Tips

By: Collett Smart

“I love teenagers!” Yet… I find that whenever I say this phrase people look at me and chuckle, as if waiting for the punchline. There is none. Read more

9 Ideas for Screen Time Balance

By: Collett Smart

Nature is known to provide cognitive benefits and enhance our overall physical and mental wellbeing. Yet, for some tweens, spending too much time on technology, sees them not getting enough exercise or spending enough time outdoors. So how do we help our young people create a healthy screen time balance?  Read more

Traumatic Events in the News: 10 Tips for Supporting Young People

By: Collett Smart

Weekly news reports of traumatic images and stories of pain and destruction such as; natural disasters (bushfires, floods, volcanoes and earthquakes), the coronavirus, terrorist attacks, threats of war and shootings can cause great concern in children. Read more

The Art of Parenting: Knowing When to Step In, and When to Step Out

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Many of our children don’t like to admit this – and if they’re reading this article, they’ll say it’s not true – but until at least the age of 16, our children need us to be actively involved in a good portion of their lives. Read more