Why Advice About Alcohol Falls on Deaf Teen Ears (and What You Can Do About It)

By: Dr Justin Coulson

In late 2019, shortly before COVID-19 began to do its damage, I was in a coastal NSW high school talking to students in Grades 9 and 10 about the latest alcohol statistics. Those stats tell a very good news story. Kids today drink less than ever before. Read more

How Far Is Too Far? | Christian Dating Advice

By: Sabrina Peters

“How far is too far?” That’s one of the most common questions I get asked by Christian teens and young adults alike. They want to know what they can touch, taste and caress (pre-marriage) before God gets mad or they end up feeling bad. Read more

When Should Kids Start Dating?

By: Collett Smart

It would be naïve of parents to think their child won’t develop love interests at various times in their high school years. Indeed, belittling our teens for having feelings is the quickest way to ensure they never come to talk to us, about relationships, as they get older. Read more

Why a Teenager’s Brain is Like a Ferrari with Bicycle Brakes

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Why do adolescents take risks – a lot? It’s almost like they feel they’re immortal. Adolescents are impulsive. They seek constant stimulation. They don’t weigh risks before they dive headlong into situations. Read more

Social Media P Plates for Teens

By: Robert Garrett

In my blog on teens and social media I shared that we haven’t yet allowed our teenagers to have their own social media accounts. I drew the analogy that simply giving them access to social media when they turned 13 would be like giving them the keys to the family car and wishing them all the best.

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Home Will Be the Hero: Creating a Safe Place for Our Tweens and Teens

By: Michelle Mitchell

The feeling of packing your bags up and heading home is always bittersweet, especially if it wasn’t in the original plan. Read more

How to Get Your Teen to Take Isolation and Social Distancing Seriously

By: Dr Justin Coulson

A few Saturday nights ago (only 36 hours before all restaurants and cafes were closed by the government) my 17-year-old daughter grabbed the car keys, called out “See ya Dad!” and ran down the front steps to head out with friends. Read more

Boys Have Body Image Issues Too

By: Collett Smart

Part of my day job sees me lucky enough to spend time with teens. I have run media literacy seminars for students, in schools around the world, for a number of years now. Whenever I ask a group of tween or teen boys what they think the main area of body focus is, for boys, they yell out, ‘A six-pack!’ (I’ve even heard 9-year-old boys talking about and trying to compare their six-packs.) This line is the same, whether I am in Zimbabwe, New Zealand, the USA or Australia. Read more

Developing Relationship Intelligence in Teens

By: Collett Smart

One thing that continually strikes me about the young people I work with is that they really do want to become good men and women who have rich, meaningful relationships. They are just sometimes unsure how to go about it. They need our support and guidance. Read more