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9 Practical Ways to Support Anxious Kids Return to School

The relaxing and lifting of restrictions in schools makes it sound like we’re on our way back to normal, yet ‘normal’ is a long way off. And our children know it.

We need to be particularly aware of students who have anxiety or have struggled with school refusal in the past. These young people will be more anxious about returning to school in the coming weeks.

The response of schools and parents can make all the difference in maintaining our teen’s mental wellbeing going forward.

 

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What the Final Class of 2020 Needs from You Right Now

When you are at school everything builds up to the final year. Some major Rites of Passage events happen then.

It is normal for teenagers to look forward to more independence. Yet March 2020 saw this cancelled – almost overnight.

Study stress has been an issue for young people for a number of years already. What is our role…

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When Schooling Comes Home – Mental Fitness Part 2

When schooling comes home, it will look quite different for each household and even each child at your dining table. 

I don’t want any of this to become a guilt trip or something burdensome. I don’t want parents to look at this post and think about what they are not doing. Things will happen according to your child’s abilities, interests and even…

Ideas to Manage T(w)een Anxiety About COVID-19

Like many reading this, I am a parent (I have 3 children, one already an adult) – and the talk of COVID-19 has been part of our daily conversation in the last weeks. Especially since the flow of information (and misinformation) has picked up. It’s difficult to ignore isn’t it? Reports are everywhere. On every screen, in every feed, every board meeting, work site and school staff meeting. I think many of us have vacillated between the ‘what nows?’ and the ‘what ifs?

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…

Boys have body image issues too - 10 ideas to support them.

Boys have body image issues and are more body conscious than we realise. Unfortunately, boys are far less likely to address their own body image concerns and are more likely to struggle alone, because body image issues have long been thought of as ‘a girl thing’. Our boys also tend to laugh off…

When friendships go wrong for girls

Girlhood relationships are so important, yet they can be both wonderful and awful in the same week. This seems to really ‘ramp up’ for a period, in the tween and early teen years.

Friendship fallouts hurt, but children need to know that arguing doesn’t have to be the end of the friendship. Developmentally, some squabbling is vital because…

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…

Why Our Year 12s Need Creative Rites of Passage

I have written before, on how different this Year looks for our Year 12 students.Yet, in the last few weeks our kids heard that they will be losing more ‘lasts’. They’re really struggling with the news. So how can we point them to Hope?
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What the Final Class of 2020 Needs from You Right Now

When you are at school everything builds up to the final year. Some major Rites of Passage events happen then. It is normal for teenagers to look forward to more independence. Yet March 2020 saw this cancelled – almost overnight.

Study stress has been an issue for young people for a number of years already. What is our role…

(Includes 🎥 and 🎧 links)

read more

9 Practical Ways to Support Anxious Kids Return to School

The relaxing and lifting of restrictions in schools makes it sound like we’re on our way back to normal, yet ‘normal’ is a long way off. And our kids know it. The response of schools and parents can make all the difference in maintaining our children’s mental wellbeing going forward.

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🎥 Supporting Your QuaranTeen

In today’s Wellbeing with Collett video we chat about what you can do to help your teen through self isolation, staying at home and the changes to their ‘normal’ routine.

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“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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