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Maria is a psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents and their families all over Sydney. She is the mother of a preschool boy and a young girl who is rapidly advancing towards her tweens.
 
After working with adolescents for over a decade, becoming a parent highlighted for Maria the importance of the early years. As a result she is keenly interested in the role of early relationships in the development of a healthy sense of self, and incorporates this in her work with adolescents and their families.

Also as a result of becoming a parent, Maria gave up on judging people with crying toddlers at the supermarket.

Maria works with children and adolescents at an independent school in Sydney. In her work with adolescents she feels honoured to listen to what they would not dare tell anyone else.
 

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Teenagers on the Internet: Parents Need to Be Involved

03/02/2011 - 18:36

So the research is in and it tells us that social networking can be a positive influence on teenagers’ lives. Read full post
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Giving and Receiving Gifts - Teenagers, It's Not a Negotiation

04/11/2010 - 11:06

Across an ocean and many house moves ago, I was given a pencil sharpener. I still keep the remnants of that gift. It was a pencil sharpener given to me when I wasn’t expecting anything. Read full post
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Who the Hell is Jimmy? Your Teenager's Friend?

19/10/2010 - 12:39

I believe that to have a child is the most selfish thing you can possibly do, but to become a parent, you must be selfless. Read full post
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The trouble with reason

18/11/2010 - 12:58

Hi Annie: thanks for your comments. you raise a good point and that is that in everyone's life there's a point at which they realise that they can can do stuff, and that there is very little that a reasonable parent can do, staying within reason, to stop them. This is usually a positive part of growing up, if it comes at the right time, but sometimes it comes too early, and it changes the rules of the game.
At this stage your choices are limited, you can continue to parent the ideal that isn't there, you can become overly punitive, or you can parent the reality, sounds like you chose the latter and it's showing you good results.

Good luck!

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Thanks

09/11/2010 - 11:31

Thanks for your lovely feedback Lisa.

Maria Paula

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