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How Family Communication Influences Teen Depression

<a href="/articles/how-family-communication-influences-teen-depression">How Family Communication Influences Teen Depression</a>

Professor Nick Allen, at the School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne, has conducted studies into the influence of family dynamics on depression in teenagers. Speaking at the Australian Psychological Society’s recent conference on Theory to Practice: Positive Development and Wellbeing, Professor Allen presented research that follows young teenagers from ages 12 to 18 and looks at family communication styles prior to the development of depression symptoms. Through early observations and then periodic follow up over several years, Professor Allen and his colleagues have identified patterns of adult and child communication that predict the likelihood of a teenager developing depression. Read full article

Seven Things to Never Ask Your Tween or Teen

<a href="/articles/seven-things-to-never-ask-your-tween-or-teen">Seven Things to Never Ask Your Tween or Teen</a>

Toxic parent communication stoppers that are guaranteed to turn teens off – and your better response to keep them talking. Let’s face it, talking with an adolescent can be like walking through a minefield. At any moment you could be asking what you thought was a simple, sincere question only to find it triggering an explosive response ... Here are seven things you should avoid asking an adolescent because they are guaranteed to be big “turn offs” and how to pose those trickier questions another way so you’re more likely to get a better response from your kid (or at least keep her standing in the same room with you). Read full article

One in Twelve Teens Self Harm - Why, and Where to Get Help

<a href="/articles/one-in-twelve-teens-self-harm-why-and-where-to-get-help">One in Twelve Teens Self Harm - Why, and Where to Get Help</a>

With a new Australian study indicating that 1 in 12 adolescents self-harm, it’s important for parents and carers to keep informed about self-harm and what it can mean for their child ... Self-harm or self-injury refers to a person deliberately inflicting physical harm on themself to cope with or communicate their distress ...Why Do Children Self-Harm? Read full article

Teen Motherhood will Always be a Challenge

It's difficult to comment on other people's personal circumstances without full knowledge of their backgrounds, values and capacities to cope. But what most people will agree on is that parenting while you are a teenager is always going to be a challenge. It's a big call learning how to parent well when you still need parenting yourself. This story about Soya Keaveny who came to the attention of the media at 12 when she was a bikini model and told journalists she was exercising two hours every day and doing 200 push ups to maintain a skinny look. Read full article

Non Violent Playstation Games for Teens. Where are they?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/07/04/non-violent-playstation-games-for-teens-where-are-they">Non Violent Playstation Games for Teens. Where are they?</a>

Who else has this problem? This one always comes to a head in our house during the school holidays. Where are the entertaining and challenging and fun Playstation Games for teenage boys? I confess I have not done thorough research on this topic but having two teen boys in our house means that this question is frequently raised. Perhaps more than some parents, I am very careful about what I allow our teenage boys to play online or on the Playstation. Read full article

Raising Boys with a Healthy Body Image

<a href="/articles/raising-boys-with-a-healthy-body-image">Raising Boys with a Healthy Body Image</a>

When baby boys are born, they usually look close to perfect - their parents gaze at them with the rose-coloured glasses that are issued to all new mums and dads. And apart from snotty noses, muddy knees and bruised shins, those little boys remain cherub-like in the eyes of their parents until their early teen years. By then, teenage boys are starting to define and compare themselves with others and will be making efforts to show how different they are from their doting parents. Enter the influence of the media, the movies, peers and reality television, and all of a sudden a teenage boy notices that his muscles are not as bulked up as his favourite television show character, and his hair is not as straight and cool as the popular boys in his year. Read full article

Teenage Boys Under Pressure to Look Good

Boys are under increasing pressure to look good. How is this impacting on boys' healthy body image? Yvette Vignando appears on The Morning Show Channel 7 and discusses briefly what parents can do to promote a healthy body image in their teenage sons and protect them from developing eating disorders. Also appearing, Danni Rowlands from the Butterfly Foundation and Loveena Guilford from Styed with Love. Read full article

Letting a Child Follow His Dreams

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/04/14/letting-a-child-follow-his-dreams">Letting a Child Follow His Dreams</a>

My eldest son was born seventeen years ago. In the time-honoured principle of new mothers, I thought him the most attractive, charming and gifted baby in the entire world. When it came to the last of these I may have had more claim than most. On his first birthday I took M to the early childhood centre for a developmental check. The nurse handed him a shape sorter with four different shaped blocks, which he promptly slotted into their respective slots without faltering: one, two, three, four. Read full article

I Say I Love You and Kiss My Teenage Boys Every Day

<a href="/blogs/annette-reuss/2011/04/03/i-say-i-love-you-and-kiss-my-teenage-boys-every-day">I Say I Love You and Kiss My Teenage Boys Every Day</a>

Do you kiss your kids often? Do you tell them you love them every day? I do. They kiss me back and tell me they love me too. Often this happens more than once a day. My kids are 17 and almost 19. I grew up in an environment where the words “I love you” were never said, well almost never said. When I was 15 my mother told me she loved me in an awkward moment in the bathroom. I didn’t say it back. Read full article

How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

<a href="/parenting-resources/teenagers/how-to-talk-so-teens-will-listen-and-listen-so-teens-will-talk">How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk</a>

Internationally acclaimed parenting experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish have helped millions of families with their breakthrough, bestselling books "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk" and "Siblings Without Rivalry". Now, they return with this lively, down-to-earth guide that tackles today's tough issues. Within these pages you'll discover the innovative Faber & Mazlish approach to maintaining a candid, open, mutually respectful dialogue between parents and teens. Read full article