November 30, 2014The desire for more privacy is a natural part of adolescence. At the same time, teenagers still need your support to make good decisions. Trust is the key to finding a balance between your child’s need for privacy and your need to know what’s going on.
As children enter adolescence, they go through big changes – physical, emotional and social. Friends become more important and they may want more privacy.
From building trust to talking about tough topics, this advice will help you and your child navigate the teenage years.
November 30, 2014When young people are resilient, they cope better with difficult situations. They ‘bounce back’ when things go wrong. Young people need resilience to navigate life’s ups and downs, so building resilience is an important part of adolescent development.
November 30, 2014Adolescence is a time of big social and emotional development for your child. It helps to know what to expect and how to support your child through the changes.
November 30, 2014As children enter the teenage years, friends become increasingly important. Positive, accepting and supportive friendships help teens develop towards adulthood.
November 3, 2013Young people often develop drinking patterns like those of the adults in their lives, so prevention should start early and in your home. Remember, teens aren't always likely to ask about what binge drinking really is (and its dangers).
January 9, 2013Being active helps you relax and sleep better by relieving stress and tension. It builds stamina and improves focus and concentration during school.
November 30, 2014Your child interacts with media every day. Some of it might inform or entertain her, and some will try to sell her things or ideas. It can be overwhelming for your child – and you! But you can help your child learn to understand and question media messages.
November 30, 2014As children grow they’ll come across problems they need to sort out themselves. You won’t always be there to give your child advice, but you can help him develop skills and strategies so he can solve problems on his own.
November 30, 2014As your child grows, he’ll start eating away from home more often and making his own decisions about what he eats. Giving your child guidance and information about good nutrition at home can help him make healthy food choices when he’s out.
November 30, 2014Bullying is less common as your child moves through adolescence, but can still be devastating if it happens. It can be helpful to know the signs of bullying, how to help your child build resilience and life skills, and how to work with your child’s school to combat bullying.
November 30, 2014Social networking sites are a big part of most teenagers’ social lives. You might worry about what your child is doing on the internet, but being part of the online world has its advantages, and you can help your child make the most of them.
November 30, 2014As they learn and develop, children want and need responsibility. It’s an important part of their growth and development. Though it can be hard for you to let go, here are some ideas on finding a balance.