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The Beauty of Family Traditions

By: Collett SmartI’m regularly asked, “What is the secret to raising healthy teenagers?”I think we often wonder if there’s some big secret to raising healthy teenagers. Something we are missing, that others know the answer to.My answer is usually this, “There is no...

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Sleep Deprivation and Teens

By: Collett SmartThe Parenting Question this week is from Judy, on Sleep Deprivation: “How much sleep do our teens need?”It has been said that we have a chronically sleep deprived generation.Why are Our Teens Struggling with Sleep Deprivation? Back in 2006 the National Sleep...

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Supporting Your QuaranTeen

By: Collett SmartThe day in a life of a quaranteen is different to what teens usually do. What can you do to help your teen through self isolation and staying at home?In this video of Wellbeing with Collett,  psychologist Collett Smart chats about what you can do to help your teen through...

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When Should Kids Start Dating?

By: Collett SmartIt would be naïve of parents to think their child won’t develop love interests at various times in their high school years. Indeed, belittling our teens for having feelings is the quickest way to ensure they never come to talk to us, about relationships, as they get...

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How Do You Talk To Your Teen About Porn?

By: Collett SmartNote: The use of * throughout this article is so that it gets through any web filters you may have.Young people are naturally curious and innately want to know more about love and sex, yet porn has the ability to destroy everything that is good about romance, love and...

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Is Your Daughter a Victim of Gaslighting?

By: Collett Smart‘Gaslighting’ means to manipulate a person into doubting their own sanity, through psychological means. It is a calculated tactic which sees the abuser gain more power and makes the victim question their reality. Gaslighting can happen in toxic friendships too, but for...

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When Schooling Comes Home

By: Collett SmartThere is a staggered start to online learning all over the country this month – as school holidays officially end. Like many of you, I am picking up this next plate to add to those already spinning in the air. I am actually a teacher as well as a psychologist and let me...

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How Housebound Families Can Stay Sane

By: Collett SmartMany around the world have been housebound for some time now. We’re not even sure when this way of living will come to an end. How might we navigate everyone being at home, in a confined space, for most of the day, for an unknown period of time… and still maintain...

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