There are many things that can impact on the day to day drama and challenges that may not even be the fault of your teen, or at least not 100%. There  is a very real chance that things going on in your life that can impact on how you view, interpret and deal with situa...

I often refer to teenagers as Adults in Training. The teen stage is all about the transition from dependent child to independent adult. It is during this stage that we parents, are trying to navigate the unpredictable ebbs and flows of teen angst, drama, and demands wh...

For a parent with a teen who is struggling emotionally, it can be difficult and confronting to deal with. I would often lay awake worried sick that I really did not know how deep the hole was: was it ‘normal’ level teen angst or were things far more serious? Was I miss...

Wham! Bam! parenting? The parenting style that fights fire with fire, my way or the highway, a battle of wills, I am going to make sure I stay alpha no matter what.

Wham! Bam! parenting might seem effective in the heat of the moment, and yes you might see ‘ins...

Last year two-thirds of my children left home at the same time. I was incredibly proud of Eldest and Middle and only a little bit scared for them. If I am completely honest, friggin thrilled at the thought of almost having a house to ourselves! Youngest is a gamer so s...

Boundaries!

I am often asked about what are acceptable boundaries for our teens and how to go about implementing them. The quick answer is: yes they need them, but there is no ‘one size fits all’; and implementation is a process, not just a knee-jerk reaction. Boundary...

My teens are happy, healthy and exactly where they should be developmentally. It would not be possible without me getting educated about more than what to be scared of and what punishments work. It is not that we have been ‘lucky’ that we have such great relationships...

September 11, 2018

Having a 14 year old can be a challenging time. Actually it can be nothing short of a shit-show if I am honest. And yet it is a perfectly normal developmental stage; albeit one that many parents dread. Politely it can be referred to as The Age of Attitude - in more rea...

September 3, 2018

One thing that you can almost guarantee is that your teen will mostly likely lie to you at some stage and will almost certainly do something (or a series of somethings) that you would not approve of. I am stunned at how many parents have this disillusion that their tee...

September 2, 2018

As I have (half) jokingly said in the past, I struggled with being a parent when my kids were younger. I put myself under a huge amount of pressure to be the 'perfect' mother, which I am/was/will be far from. Strangely it was when they reached the teen stage that the p...

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