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Developing Relationship Intelligence (RI) in Teens 

 

One thing that continually strikes me about the young people I work with is that they really do want to become good men and women who have rich, meaningful relationships. They are just sometimes unsure how to go about it. 

They need our support and guidance

 

 

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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…

Parties and Alcohol – Do parents have any influence on teens?

A factor we now understand is that parents are one of the main suppliers of alcohol to young teen drinkers. It comes from the mistaken belief…

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.

When should kids start dating?

It would be naïve of parents to think their child won’t develop love interests at various times in their high school years. Indeed, belittling our teens for having feelings is the quickest way to ensure they never come to talk to us, about relationships, as they get older.

But how young is too young for a romantic relationship?

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…

Media Reported Trauma - 10 Tips for supporting young people

Weekly news reports of traumatic images and stories of pain and destruction such as; natural disasters, the corona virus, terrorist attacks, threats of war and shootings can cause great concern in teenagers.

We can support them through…

When friendships go wrong for girls

Girlhood relationships are so important, yet they can be both wonderful and awful in the same week. Friendship fallouts hurt, but tweens and teens need to know that arguing doesn’t have to be the end of the friendship. Developmentally, some squabbling is vital because

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Developing Relationship Intelligence in Teens

One thing that continually strikes me about the young people I work with is that they really do want to become good men and women who have rich, meaningful relationships. They are just sometimes unsure how to go about it. They need our support and guidance. 

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Starting Secondary School – Top Tips

How can you help your young person navigate the year ahead at high school? Parenting author, Sharon Witt, provides some ideas for parents to support their tweens and teens on their journey.

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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.”  

Collett Smart

Psychologist – Author – Speaker

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