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A job might just improve your teen’s wellbeing

A job might just improve your teen’s wellbeing

Pre-COVID your teen might have worked in hospitality or retail; if they are one of the lucky ones, they still do. Or they may be one of the 1000’s of young Australians who have lost their casual job altogether. As their parent, perhaps you thought losing their...

10 benefits of work for teens (and a few cons too)

10 benefits of work for teens (and a few cons too)

There are plenty of benefits of work for teens. Your kid has reached the minimum age for working (which is lower than you might think - check here), and they desperately want a job. That's a good thing, right? Or maybe they would rather walk over hot coals than get a...

Our working teens: Minimum working age in Australia by state

Our working teens: Minimum working age in Australia by state

If your teen is ready for a job (or if, perhaps, you are ready for your teen to be ready for a job), there are quite a few factors to consider. The first is, of course, whether your child is legally able to work in Australia, the minimum working age in Australia...

A quick guide to connecting with teens and tweens

A quick guide to connecting with teens and tweens

It's like kids put on roller skates the minute they turn seven. One minute they're calling us Mummy and telling us long-winded stories while we snuggle; next we blink and they're calling us Life Wrecker and grunting at us through walls. The more they grow, the more...

7 strategies to juggle work and teens in the school holidays

7 strategies to juggle work and teens in the school holidays

How do we juggle work and teens in the school holidays? We do it year after year and somehow it works, but every time it's daunting, isn't it? I'm not talking about fun places to take a teen. I'm talking about where they are supposed to go when we are at work. Have...

Teen boys and hygiene: Save us from the stink!

Teen boys and hygiene: Save us from the stink!

I think teen boys and hygiene can go one of two ways: obsessive use of deodorant and bathroom monopolisation. Or utter filth. There is no in-between. I'm not going to tell you which category my teenage boy falls into... he may or may not circulate a single pair of...

A home alone checklist for parents leaving their kids unsupervised

A home alone checklist for parents leaving their kids unsupervised

Once you've worked out when your kids are ready to be left home alone, it's important to do some planning and have an emergency strategy in place before you go. This Home Alone checklist can help, but remember to consider every aspect of your own home and general...

20+ tips for raising teens (and particularly fiesty tweens)

20+ tips for raising teens (and particularly fiesty tweens)

There is not much scarier than raising teens. We all sniggered and laughed at our 'threenager', but nothing is quite as crazy as a teen mid rebellion. They will fight you for independence, but only if it's not too scary and they don't need to do much.  They will...

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Parenting teens is hard. So f*cking hard. But it's also delightful. Sometimes I'm so deep in the hard times that I forget about the soft moments. That buried under the knee-deep clothes on the floor, the defiance, the backtalk and 'the face' (parents of teens will...

50+ of the best Christmas gifts for tweens of all ages

50+ of the best Christmas gifts for tweens of all ages

Those lovely little tweenie tweens are equal parts delightful and depressing. No one does he sulk better or holds a grudge longer than a tween. Especially a tween who wanted an Apple watch but received a calculator instead (this may or may not have happened at our...

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