Do you have a troubled teen?
19 October 2015 - Is it normal for my teen to be moody? How do I talk to my teen about sex? Am I giving the right advice? These questions are surprisingly common. Whilst many parents worry about their teen, they often don’t know how to discuss topics such as sex, sexuality, drugs, self-harm, or bullying. Teens are part of a rapidly changing, technology-saturated world. Unfortunately we’re seeing an alarming increase in teen-suicides, drug addictions, unsafe sexual behaviors, eating disorders as well as cyber bullying. Despite this, many specialists continue to follow traditional forms of knowledge that only focus on the individual. Teens who struggle with poor self-esteem, or who are bullied because of their sexuality, identity or body are often labeled with a disorder, told they are in need of therapeutic interventions, and encouraged to change their behavior. Their parents are often advised to work on their teen’s ‘confidence’ by sending them to classes or camps said to teach ideals of ‘inner beauty’, ‘self-esteem’ or ‘better team-attitude’. These services often lack the necessary expertise on gender, identity, and sexuality and can have lasting, harmful effects on a young person.
Children learn from stress and failure: all the more reason you shouldn’t do their homework
6 October 2015 - A recent report by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards has suggested that parents are helping children cheat by completing their school homework, and has called for this issue to be addressed.