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Why Have Good Parents Gone Bad?

<a href="/articles/why-have-good-parents-gone-bad">Why Have Good Parents Gone Bad?</a>

Dr Wendy Mogel asked this question when presenting at the Young Minds Conference in Sydney this week. Dr Mogel is an acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and author of The New York Times best-selling parenting book, The Blessing of a B-Minus. Her presentation explored the ‘new normal’ for today’s parents and she made some practical suggestions for raising self-reliant children and teenagers. Read full article

Surviving Adolescents - The Must Have Manual for all Parents

<a href="/parenting-resources/teenagers/surviving-adolescents-the-must-have-manual-for-all-parents">Surviving Adolescents - The Must Have Manual for all Parents</a>

Book: Surviving Adolescents The Must-Have Manual for all Parents by Michael Carr-Gregg. One of Australia's leading authorities on teenage behaviour has written this clear and very down-to-earth manual, drawing on his wealth of experience and wisdom. It has advice on all the thorny issues that confront families with teenagers - sexuality, risky behaviours, laziness, school and study problems, and much more. Read full article

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

Smart But Scattered: Part 2 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson

<a href="/articles/smart-but-scattered-part-2-of-interview-with-authors-dick-guare-and-peg-dawson">Smart But Scattered: Part 2 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson</a>

In Part 2 of this interview Yvette Vignando interviews authors of 'Smart But Scattered' about how parents can work with their children on emotional control, especially once their children are teenagers. Guare and Dawson also discuss strategies for working with your child's school. 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