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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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50+of the best movies to watch with your teens

50+of the best movies to watch with your teens

Remember when you used to suffer through the 27th showing of Finding Nemo, just to do the whole 'family movie night' thing with the kids? I reckon I can still quote that movie from beginning to end (and we still all laugh at how my middle used to be terrified during...

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