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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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How to Talk to Kids about Bad News in the Media

By: Collett SmartWe know that we can’t shield our children, because they will hear ‘bad news’… from peers, siblings, online… But how much is too much information? And what is age appropriate? (I cover both younger children and teens in this video).How to Talk to...

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What to Say to Children and Teens About COVID-19

By: Collett SmartLike many reading this, I am a parent to 3 children – and the talk of COVID-19 hasn’t left our house much in the last few weeks, especially since the flow of information (and misinformation) has picked up. It’s difficult to ignore isn’t it?Reports are...

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Boys Have Body Image Issues Too

By: Collett SmartPart of my day job sees me lucky enough to spend time with teens. I have run media literacy seminars for students, in schools around the world, for a number of years now. Whenever I ask a group of tween or teen boys what they think the main area of body focus is, for boys, they...

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What if my Child is the Bully?

By: Collett SmartNothing stirs the heart of a parent more than bullying. I don’t think there is a week that goes by without a story in the media about a child being bullied.I sat with another parent in pain as she told me about her daughter’s anguish at being bullied. The mother found...

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