Musings: Parenting teenagers

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Trusted teen

What if you could really trust that your teen was going to turn out all right? How would your life be different?  And hers? How many stressful conversations would be avoided if you weren’t trying to alter the behaviour of your teen? How much better would your relationship be then? Might that not have a [...]

Posted on 10 July 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers
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Would you know if your daughter was being bullied?

Too many children who are bullied tell no-one. A bullied child often feels shame and believes that she is to blame for being bullied.  The impulse then is to cover it up. Too often a child’s experience of tentatively reaching out for help served only to make the situation worse.  She’ll be less likely to tell [...]

Posted on 17 June 2014
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Teenage girls’ opinion of themselves is shocking

In my work with pre-teen girls, their sense of themselves is still relatively positive.  This is why I like to begin my work with them at this age, to strengthen them against what is to come. It’s a different story when I talk to teen girls.  Too many have learned to hate themselves: *  they [...]

Posted on 21 May 2014
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Junk food battles

Many teens like to eat junk. Here are some of the reasons that they like to eat junk: You don’t want them to eat junk! Their bodies are changing rapidly and they just don’t know how to get the increased nutrients they need. Junk food requires no effort. Junk food is full of sugar and [...]

Posted on 6 May 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, 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 [...]

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Posted on 23 April 2014
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