Sleep Deprivation & Teens

‘Society has become supremely arrogant in ignoring the importance of sleep’.

Prof Russell Foster, at the University of Oxford, says people are getting between one and two hours less sleep a night than 60 years ago. Encouragingly, he does believe people have become more aware of this as an issue, but are still working our what to do about it.


What’s the link with Technology, Teens and Sleep Deprivation?

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The Beauty of Traditions

I’m regularly asked, “What is the secret to raising healthy teenagers?”

 I think we often wonder if there’s some big secret to raising healthy teenagers. Something we are missing, that others know the answer to.

My answer is usually this, “There is no magic bullet, the small things ARE the big things!”

Many family and cultural traditions communicate to young people that they belong to something bigger than themselves…

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Is your Daughter a victim of Gaslighting?

Remember that gaslighting is calculated emotional manipulation, often in the form of undermining yet subtle, chronic insults. It is usually done when your daughter doesn’t comply with something her partner/boyfriend wants to control. She might often hear terms like…

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When friendships go wrong for girls

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Connecting with Teens – 6 Tips

During their teens our kids go through changes – massive changes in fact! Their brains are changing, but not all in the same way or at the same time. Add to this their changing bodies and the development of a strong desire to become independent of us. (As there should be. Who wants a 30-year-old man-child still sitting in their lounge room playing Fortnite all day?)

There will be challenging times, with some struggling more than others. Particular periods are hard – really hard.

How do you talk to your teen about porn?

Young people are naturally curious and innately want to know more about love and sex, yet porn has the ability to destroy everything that is good about romance, love and relationships…

🎧 Sleep Deprivation and Teens

The Parenting Question this week is from Judy, on Sleep Deprivation: “How much sleep do our teens need?”

It has been said that we have a chronically sleep deprived generation. Studies on tech use and teens are complex, and, “Causal research in this space is rare because it is difficult to establish directionality and cause and effect, but one direct consequence of increasing time spent on digital media and technologies is declining quantity, and often also quality, of sleep.” (The Gonski report, 2021).

So how do we best support our teens?

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🎧 The Raising Teens Podcast is here!

I’d like to introduce you to my new podcast, ‘Raising Teens’. I am really excited to add something for those who prefer listening to reading. Or perhaps you like to do both?

I will be uploading a new episode each week, along with a related article. 

Season 1 – Episode 1 is about Teens and Sleep.

Stay tuned…

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An Open Letter to Secondary Students

An open letter to Secondary Students, from Author, Teacher and Speaker, Sharon Witt.

This letter is addressed to students in Melbourne, Victoria. However, so much of this is true for Secondary Students and Final Year students anywhere in Australia this term.

What a year they have come through. We are so proud of them!

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About Raising Teenagers

“I’m so glad you’re here! 

Raising teens can be the most incredible, exhilarating, joyous journey. It can also be confusing, frightening and lonely at times. Some of our tweens and teens are struggling with their mental health and I wanted to create a space where parents could find guidance and support, but mostly – Hope! 

This website doesn’t replace tailored advice from a registered professional, but it is a place where you can find  current research (in practical speak) and information by well-known experts on adolescent development.  

So that you can get on with the job that you do best – loving your teen.”   (More here…)

Collett Smart

Psychologist – Author – Speaker



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