Musings: Parenting teenagers

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The importance of mothers to teens

Girls learn about becoming women from all manner of sources – you, other women, girl friends, boys, their Dads, films, books, songs, popular media. Powerful as the media may seem, and important as her girl friends are, you are her main role model.  She has grown up with you as her embodiment of womanhood.  She [...]

Posted on 23 April 2014
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Coping Well with Exam Stress

Exams are on the way – for some it’s important exams – but actually for many students every exam feels important at the time. Parents want to help, but the trouble is that a lot of the best tips for managing exam stress sound incredibly like the nagging we may have been doing for years [...]

Posted on 17 April 2014
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Teen suicide – too much pressure on our teenagers

A precious fifteen year old girl tried to take her life today.  The number of pills tell us this was no ‘cry for help’, she meant it; for those hours leading up to her suicide attempt she must have felt that she could no longer bear to live.  100,000 adolescents take their lives every year. [...]

Posted on 7 April 2014
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You want your daughter to stand up for herself?

Yes!  Well… mostly you do, as long as it doesn’t mean that she refuses to tidy her room! Seriously though, we want our girls to be able to say ‘No’ when they need to, to believe in themselves, and go for what they really want in life. This is not easy for them though, despite [...]

Posted on 5 March 2014
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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. [...]

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Posted on 18 February 2014
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