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Giving and Receiving Gifts - Teenagers, It's Not a Negotiation

<a href="/blogs/mariafuentes/2010/11/04/giving-and-receiving-gifts-teenagers-its-not-a-negotiation">Giving and Receiving Gifts - Teenagers, It&#039;s Not a Negotiation</a>

Gifts and their meaning have changed over the years. I’ve not done an anthropological study on the matter, but it appears to me that, to many people, they have become somewhat of an entitlement. And especially for teens, gifts are sometimes a point of negotiation, or even more alarming, of reward. Read full article

Who the Hell is Jimmy? Your Teenager's Friend?

<a href="/blogs/mariafuentes/2010/10/19/who-the-hell-is-jimmy-your-teenagers-friend">Who the Hell is Jimmy? Your Teenager&#039;s Friend?</a>

Most parents manage the tween years in this wonderful haze of parenthood. Cut to the onset of adolescence, and you realise that you’ve duped yourself into a false sense of security. You’ve had all these years thinking that the child growing in your family - this happy, communicative child, the one that makes you cards for those special occasions - would grow into an insightful teenager... Read full article

9 Sanity Savers for Parenting and Loving Teenagers

<a href="/articles/9-sanity-savers-for-parenting-and-loving-teenagers">9 Sanity Savers for Parenting and Loving Teenagers</a>

Last year your daughter was so sweet, suddenly she has an “attitude.” Two months ago your son was your best bud, now he treats you like you’re totally “uncool.” Welcome to the world of parenting a teenager. Throw out any of those child-rearing manuals you’ve used in the past. To survive this age group and come out sane you need a whole new parenting perspective. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 3 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-3-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 3 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 3 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about adolescence being a critical time to teach emotional intelligence skills. Dr Hansen also describes the connection between emotional intelligence and academic success in particular subjects at high school. Read full article