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Make the most of lockdown (yes, there are upsides!)

Make the most of lockdown (yes, there are upsides!)

It sux, I know, it's never nice to be 'trapped' in your own home with your kids. Stop the carousel, I wanna get off!!!! But wait. Before you drown in a vat of despair, let's pause a moment. As the great sage (someone, somewhere) said, "It is what it is." We can't...

6 strategies to help teens get enough sleep

6 strategies to help teens get enough sleep

We recently published an extract from Dr Ginni Mansberg and Jo Lamble's new book The New Teen Age that really struck a chord with many readers. After reading about the impact of reduced sleep on teens, a few mums even wrote to us to say that they were now freaking...

Is it illegal for underage teens to drink at parties?

Is it illegal for underage teens to drink at parties?

When my son wanted to have a 'gatho' at home for his birthday, my instinct was to say no. Waaaay to risky to be the parent of the teen party. But he won me over, and so I got stuck into the research. I wanted to know how to manage others kids drinking (because, of...

Helping our kids slow down and do nothing

Helping our kids slow down and do nothing

A new two week lockdown was announced in Sydney last Friday and it disappointed many kids. Why do these things always seem to happen during school holidays? All the plans we'd made are out the window and once again we're forced to slow down and do nothing. Well, not...

The problem with teens and sleep (or lack of sleep!)

The problem with teens and sleep (or lack of sleep!)

In this extract from The New Teen Age, Dr Ginni Mansberg and Jo Lamble talk us through teens and sleep. Or, teens and lack of sleep. In a nutshell, it's basically f*#king up their brains. No wonder they are so outrageously difficult to parent some days. Take it away,...

60+ ways for kids to make money outside of the home

60+ ways for kids to make money outside of the home

Most kids need/want dollars, but often it's hard to find the cash to pay one, two, three or more kids the kind of "pocket money" that keeps up with everything they need/want. So finding a way for  tweens and teens to make money outside of the home is pretty...

10 things to know before you teach your teen to drive

10 things to know before you teach your teen to drive

Just when you think you can relax a little bit, they go and give your kid a license. Yup, it's time to teach your teen to drive and... well, buckle up tight! Look, I can't lie, having to teach your teen to drive may well be the most stressful thing you ever do. I'm...

What to do when your teen is into witchcraft

What to do when your teen is into witchcraft

It can be a bit daunting to discover that your teen is into witchcraft. Visions of pagan dances or even, gulp, human sacrifices spring instantly to mind. Or maybe it's, you know, Harry Potter that witchcraft conjures for you (sacrificial humans? My mind goes to many...

The rise of the finsta to relieve the pressure of perfection

The rise of the finsta to relieve the pressure of perfection

Fake Instagram accounts, often referred to as a “finsta” or “spam account”, have become the norm for many teens – but their reasoning for creating these is not as sinister as you think. by Dr Joanne Orlando, Researcher: Technology and Learning, Western Sydney...

A Banishing Spell for teen witches by Fiona Horne

A Banishing Spell for teen witches by Fiona Horne

A banishing spell may be just what your teen needs to centre themselves and find a way through emotional upheaval. Fiona Horne is Australia’s best known and much-loved expert in the Art of Modern Witchcraft. She's recently released a book on witchcraft for teens. Teen...

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From about August each year, students in year 10 go through a round of interviews to close in on their subject selections for years 11 and 12. They're given a portfolio full of reading materials. They may also attend vibrant careers markets to get helpful information....

Make the most of lockdown (yes, there are upsides!)

Make the most of lockdown (yes, there are upsides!)

It sux, I know, it's never nice to be 'trapped' in your own home with your kids. Stop the carousel, I wanna get off!!!! But wait. Before you drown in a vat of despair, let's pause a moment. As the great sage (someone, somewhere) said, "It is what it is." We can't...

How Mothers Work: Courtney Adamo

How Mothers Work: Courtney Adamo

Mums of babies and younger kids seem to share their day-to-day story all the time, but after that... crickets. In an effort to hear more from mums of older kids, we're sharing this new series called How Mothers Work. We've asked mums we admire to tell us how they make...

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