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“You probably won’t know your teen is smoking pot”

“You probably won’t know your teen is smoking pot”

I'm here to tell any parent of a teen that even if you think you know them well, your teen has secrets. They might even have secrets for so long that by the time you find out about them, you're dealing with a mess. For instance, if you're anything like me, you...

Tweens and social media: ‘I wish I was wearing a filter right now’

Tweens and social media: ‘I wish I was wearing a filter right now’

My new research investigated tweens and social media and the issues they face when engaging with social media platforms. It reveals that while children are aware of dangers such as online predators, what tweens are being taught by parents and schools may overlook the...

Is vaping really that bad?

Is vaping really that bad?

Fortunately, it's really only a small proportion of kids who are regularly vaping (estimated at about 1.8 percent of high school kids). But plenty of others are dabbling. Over the past few years the number of secondary school students who have tried vaping has...

“Help! My teen never comes out of her room!”

“Help! My teen never comes out of her room!”

"My daughter never comes out of her room!" writes a Mumlyfe mum. "I have tried everything to engage her in family life, but nothing is working. It's even worse now that we are all on lockdown. I thought this period might help our family come together, but that has not...

5 characteristics I think ‘good’ parents need

5 characteristics I think ‘good’ parents need

Good parents work hard at raising well-adjusted adults. It looks different for everyone, but some things increase your happiness along the way. I've often written that no matter what the tween and teen years have thrown up on me, I'd still take them over the 0-5...

“I hate that my daughter has a sex life”

“I hate that my daughter has a sex life”

Oh boy, where to begin!? Do I just come out and say it? I hate that my daughter has a sex life. There you go, it's out, just like that. I hate, hate, hate it. This post was written by an anonymous Mumlyfe reader To begin, I never thought I'd write an anonymous story...

What to do if your tween or teen is being bullied

What to do if your tween or teen is being bullied

So many of us have experienced the heartache of learning that our tween or teen is being bullied. In fact, three in five Australian kids will experience bullying at school or online. It's a painful feeling of helplessness, sadness and dread. We know how this is...

A brand new strategy to help kids with anxiety

A brand new strategy to help kids with anxiety

There's no denying that our kids are experiencing something of an 'anxiety crisis'. Reports have found that anxiety is on the increase among kids of every age. That's not surprising, given the uncertain times we are living in. More than ever, parents have been...

How to talk to teens about consent (yes, even if it’s awkward AF!)

How to talk to teens about consent (yes, even if it’s awkward AF!)

We know that we need to talk to teens about consent. Actually, we need to talk to all kids about consent. It needs to be a routine discussion, where we ask them things like, "Do you mind if I give you a hug?" and they get to say "Not today" and that's the end of the...

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...

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The importance of nourishing self-care for mums of older kids

The importance of nourishing self-care for mums of older kids

There's something to be said for a bubble bath when you've had an exhausting day. Nothing quite like sinking into those popping bubbles, preferably with a glass of bubbles to accompany your little time out. That said, when it comes to nourishing self-care these days,...

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,...

“You probably won’t know your teen is smoking pot”

“You probably won’t know your teen is smoking pot”

I'm here to tell any parent of a teen that even if you think you know them well, your teen has secrets. They might even have secrets for so long that by the time you find out about them, you're dealing with a mess. For instance, if you're anything like me, you...

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