Tweens to Teens

Should we make it easier for teens to get condoms?

Teenagers as young as 13 are being given access to free condoms in the UK under a new scheme that hopes to reduce teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Should we follow suit?

Drastic changes demand action

HELP NEEDED: Sudden changes in your child's demeanour and behaviour should be investigated.

My teenage son has lost a lot of weight, is sullen, has lost contact with most of his friends and barely communicates with me or my husband. We're worried he's doing something self-destructive. What can we do?

What's a reasonable curfew?

WHAT'S FAIR: Teenagers are likely to rail against things they find unfair - if risky behaviour isn't involved a little compromise might be called for.

Our 13-year-old boys have to be home by 8.30pm on non-school nights. They say that's pitiful and want to stay out later. Who is right?

Freedom, power and motivation

MONEY LESSONS: How much pocket money would you trust your teens with?

We didn't just want to teach our kids how to "handle money, we wanted them to learn impulse-control, planning, and the ability to say no to themselves.

When your kids are rivals

SISTERLY BONDS: Sisterly relationships are often complex - friendship isn't guaranteed.

Comparing siblings, especially sisters, as a motivation tool is a recipe for disaster.

My teenage weight battle

WEIGHT BATTLE: As a teen I went from being overweight to being classified as obese.

When I was a teenager, my weight started to creep out of control. I struggled to maintain it, much to the concern of my slim parents.

Pressure to be perfect

PERFECTIONISM: The new threat to teenage girls.

Experts are warning that there is a new threat to the wellbeing of young women: perfectionism.

'You're so special'

HIGH EXPECTATIONS: Your child might not be as exceptional as you think they are.

Feeling valued is key to children's wellbeing; but some parents 'overvalue' their child, believing they are more special than others.

Forget 'fix it' mode

KEEP TALKING: You can't control how the people around your kids act, but you can try and teach your child how to cope with them.

When we try to rescue our kids from hurt feelings by changing the people around them, we deny them the opportunity to learn valuable life skills.

'Silent killer' takes daughter

TRAGEDY: Courtenay Rushton died of meningitis a year ago.

After losing their daughter, two parents want other families to be aware of how deadly meningococcal disease can be.

Help - my teens are slobs

TEEN TIME: Do you find it hard to tear your teen away from their screens and phones to do their chores? Don't despair.

My teenagers resist doing household chores. How can I teach them that doing chores are lifelong skills they will need as adults?

Forgiving your bullies

MEAN GIRLS: As with Lindsay Lohan's character in the cult Tina Fey hit, "the world isn't neatly divided into bullies and the bullied; all victims conceal sins, and all villains carry sorrows and scars."

The world isn't neatly divided into bullies and the bullied; all victims conceal sins, and all villains carry sorrows and scars

Lessons in learning

Headlice, bullies, fees, stationery, homework - The start of a new school year can be daunting for children and parents alike.

As parents get to grips once with a new school year, we asked the experts for tips to make this school year the best ever.

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