Tweens to Teens

'Pure bullies' exist - and they get meaner

Children at Douglas Park School in the Wairarapa embraced the Bully Free Me Pink Shirt Day on Friday.

Almost one-in-ten teens is a "pure bully" and for many the outlook is not good - but neither is it for their victims.

The one parenting mistake that's easy to fix

Young people masturbating are free to explore their bodies and experience pleasure without the risks.

I was at a stand-up gig the other night when a woman in the audience approached me and said she'd "done something stupid".

36 signs your daughter is now a teen

You know your girl is becoming a teen when she 'needs' a particular shirt/pair of shoes/brand of jeans because 'everyone else' has one.

You know your daughter is a fully fledged teen when she starts ticking off the points on this list.

The Period Fairy: helping teen girls' cope

The period fairy: here to help girls through that time of month.

The Tooth Fairy helps children cope with losing their teeth and Cupid offers the assistance of his arrow in the name of love. But who who will comfort girls when they get their first period?

Suspended over sex ed

A 14-year-old girl was suspended for her upfront take on sex ed.

The sassy student's earthy and at times expletive-ridden comments have won over many.

An age-old concern

Peta Mathias

Peta Mathias – traveller, writer, cook, bon vivant – offers her unconventional wisdom for the dilemmas of modern life.

The sexting scandal no one sees

For female victims, sexting coercion was more traumatic even than "traditional forms of partner aggression." A nude picture lives in eternity — it's an artefact of trauma, and an object of blackmail, that never goes away.

A nude picture lives in eternity — it's an artefact of trauma, and an object of blackmail, that never goes away.

'Hellish' impact of online porn

Mature women can generally make up their own minds about what they are prepared to do in bed. For inexperienced teenage girls it's a different matter.

We need to educate and embolden our daughters to fight back against pornography, which is warping the behaviour of boys.

Science unlocks teenage brain

A neuroscientist who studies the adolescent mindset has provocative new insights on the teenage brain.

A neuroscientist who studies the adolescent mindset has provocative new insights.

Shocked mum live tweets sex-ed class

Alice Dreger was shocked at her son's high school's abstinence-only stance on sex education.

She couldn't believe the stories her son was being told - but her reaction got her banned from the school.

Even David Beckham is a cringey dad

David Beckham has quite the habit of photoboming 16-year-old son Brooklyn.

Think your dad is embarrassing? At least he doesn't videobomb you to brag about his social media followers.

Boys should be targeted in body image programs too

Research shows pre-adolescent boys and girls have differing body image issues, meaning body image programs should be gender specific.

Research showed body image programs for pre-adolescent students should be gender specific.

A defence of teenage diaries

"The urge to capture the minutiae of your existence on paper is a powerful rejection of a culture that deems your life insignificant," writes Neha Kale.

There are few more satisfying payoffs in the Internet age than the practice of judging the self-obsessed

How much homework is good for teens?

On average researchers found teachers were setting around 70 minutes of homework a day for their pupils.

The amount of time spent doing homework becomes irrelevant when compared to the amount of effort teens put in.

Teenagers are, like, so gross

My mother gave up asking me to clean my room and would simply shut the door on the ever-increasing pile of rubbish that was accumulating under my desk.

Today's teenagers are SO disgusting that in the last week headlines around the world have been dedicated to their revoltingness.

Should porn be in sex ed lessons?

Is the classroom the right place to learn about and discuss porn?

There's been a call to screen porn in schools, so students are prepared to see it in the real world. Is a classroom really the place?

What should parents do if their child is bullied at school?

As a parent, what can you do if your child is being bullied?

Having your child bullied at school is one of the greatest fears of parents – and research shows this fear is well founded.

Changing narcissistic behaviours in children

Changing behaviour: Parents must be willing to say no.

Even a simple game of pass the parcel can reinforce the idea to children that they are entitled to something.

Kids want you to talk about sex

Sex education: Around 70 per cent of people surveyed said they felt they didn’t know enough.

Young people claim they didn't have enough information when it came to their first sexual experience, finds survey.

When your girl hits puberty

Puberty blues? Here's what to keep an eye on.

Are you worried about knowing how to tell when your sweet fairy-loving princess reaches puberty?

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.

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