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).
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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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…
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.
Many around the world have been housebound for some time now. We’re not even sure when this way of living will come to an end. How might we navigate everyone being at home, in a confined space, for most of the day, for an unknown period of time… and still maintain mental fitness?
Working at home is even more difficult for students with ADHD and many parents have asked for ideas on how to support their tweens and teens. So I approached Tim Connell, a special education consultant, for his best tips. Here is his expert advice:
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 few weeks. A study about empowering families during a healthcare crisis recommends the C-A-R-E approach. Engaging the CARE principles helps young people and families feel empowered. It reduces, and may even improve the risk of anxiety and trauma responses.
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…
TikTok previously known as lip-syncing app musical.ly is a short-form 15sec video creating/sharing social media app rated 13+ for use. It is a free mobile app available on both Apple and Android mobile devices. Users of TikTok can make videos by creating an account and using the creator tools to film their video and add special effects. So what’s the issue?
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…
The party culture begins to build in Year/Grade 9, sometimes very quickly. Although most young people at this age will choose not to drink, alcohol starts to become a part of their socialising experience, usually at pre-parties, with a small but influential group regularly drinking, some to excess. Instead of…
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
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.
12 months ago my son came to my husband and I with an “idea”. Year 12 was finished. The safety of school was over. Schoolies was done. He was faced with the big decision of what to do with 8 hours, five days a week. It was time to adult.