Musings: Parenting girls

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‘The Sex Talk’ – when to have it?

Never! Never, ever have ‘The Talk’.  No, instead have a conversation that starts in the toddler years and spans her entire childhood, well into her teens. It is impossible to predict what your child will need to know, and when, so open the possibility for conversation whenever the topic naturally arises.  This way she knows [...]

Posted on 27 February 2014
Musings: Parenting girls
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Teens’ everyday grief

Teenagers have a great deal of everyday grief to deal with – their childhood passing, their body changing, friendships fluctuating.  Then there are the deeper losses such as parental divorce, grandparents dying, pets dying, ending of relationships, and other life shocks. Teens do not always have the resources needed to deal with loss healthily and happily. [...]

Posted on 18 February 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers
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My Toddler-Teen

It’s odd, I’m having to take care of my teenager more and more, rather than less.  Whereas a year ago my teen could be relied upon in the mornings to get up on time, eat a good breakfast, gather what was needed for the day including making a packed lunch, and set off in good [...]

Posted on 13 February 2014
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A teen’s brain is special

    “What were you thinking?” Crazy, irrational, impulsive behaviour – what possesses our teens to act this way?     We often judge our teens for being moody, reckless, directionless, obsessed with their image, and their peers.  Instead, we could be complimenting them for being perfectly poised for this transition stage in their lives.  [...]

Posted on 5 February 2014
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What looks good about becoming a woman?

I pose this question to the girls who come to my Girls Journeying Together groups and I am always fascinated by their responses. It starts with a clamour of voices, all proclaiming the wonderful freedoms they perceive us women to have.  From the girls’ perspective it seems that we can go to bed when we [...]

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Posted on 22 January 2014
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