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Boundaries that don’t “invite” my child to break them (Or see me as a dictator/losing face)

Boundaries that don’t “invite” my child to break them  (Or see me as a dictator/losing face)

Setting boundaries with teens and younger childen that your child will keep and you as the parent can enforce, is one of the biggest challenges facing parents today.  These handy tips may assist to keep you all on track:   1.     Have the kids help with setting boundaries Instead of just dictating certain boundaries to your child, you may find that if they are involved in their conception, they will then find them easier to adhere to and live by.   2.     Have them written down Gather as a family and write them down.  Allow each family member to contribute one ...

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Sick of nagging your teen to do their homework – use these 7 steps!

Sick of nagging your teen to do their homework – use these 7 steps!

When our children are young, we put in the time and effort to nurture them to have good manners, life skills and a sense of self. As they mature into young adults, you’ll need to adjust your techniques in order to bring about the same kinds of results. By learning to encompass their changes and create new communication skills both you and your teen will have a greater chance of surviving this often challenging period. One of the first things a parent needs to understand is that when a teen hits puberty their brain undergoes a transformation of sorts. Hundreds ...

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Friendships come with challenges – how to help your child fit in.

Friendships come with challenges – how to help your child fit in.

Last week in the newspaper I spotted a cartoon that had 5 birds sitting on a telephone wire. Four were sitting upright while the fifth was hanging by its feet like a bat. One of the four birds on the top said” I laugh at you because you are so different.” The bird hanging upside down replies “I laugh at you because you are all the same.” The simplicity of the picture sums up the feelings of being a teenager and their need to fit in. Standing out often means being ostracised and that’s something to be avoided at all costs. ...

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Teens pressured to drink – who do parents really need to worry about?

Teens pressured to drink – who do parents really need to worry about?

It is funny as a parent how much you worry about your child’s friends pressurising her to have her first drink. After several incidents with my daughter recently, I’ve found out that it’s not her friends I have to worry about. My 15-year old was recently pressured to take her first drink by a 24-year old at a party we all attended. Within minutes of quizzing her on her age, the school she attended and what she wanted to be when she grew up – this woman felt obliged to offer my underage child an alcoholic beverage! My daughter politely refused, ...

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