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It’s about to get a whole lot harder for kids to vape

It’s about to get a whole lot harder for kids to vape

Great news! A decision made by the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) means that from next month, it's going to be much harder for kids to vape. From 1 October it will be illegal to import e-cigarettes into Australia without a prescription. Which means that,...

Plant-based eating is good for teen gut health

Plant-based eating is good for teen gut health

It's virtually impossible to read anything online these days without stumbling over the words microbiome and gut health. But rather being 'just another wellness trend', good gut health is believed to improve everything from mental health issues like anxiety and...

Homemade protein balls are a quick and nutritious snack

Homemade protein balls are a quick and nutritious snack

If you're after a quick and healthy afternoon snack for your kids, these homemade protein balls are perfect. It can be hard getting older kids to 'snack right', but if you make it tasty they'll go for it. A nutritious boost in the afternoon will get them through until...

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...

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...

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...

Saving us from perimenopause, one Hot Flush at a time

Saving us from perimenopause, one Hot Flush at a time

Nobody ever signs up for perimenopause, and yet, here we are. Is it not enough that we've already been through puberty, pregnancy, childbirth and Year 9? Is. it. not. enough? Apparently, it isn't. Just when you start to relax a little, our bodies throw this ghastly...

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How good is TV right now? I say that as a person who could generally take or leave television for most of her life. Except lately. There are so many fresh TV series these days that you can't help but wear a butt-shaped crevice in your sofa. Can't. leave. screen. I...

How Mothers Work: Allison Tait

How Mothers Work: Allison Tait

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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