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Robin Williams

Talking about suicide

How does one explain suicide to a child? It is a concept that many adults do not understand.

The birds and the bees

My eldest son has just had the 'talk' at primary school. I thought I had a bit more time up my sleeve.

Tampon game destigmatises

HANNAH FRANCIS
Two New York school girls have created a video game that features tampons instead of weapons.

Don't want to hear it

Every time I try to talk to my kids about puberty or sex they run away and block their ears.

Does your child have grit?

Angela Lee Duckworth discovers the single most significant predictor for success in children and it isn’t social intelligence, physical health, attractiveness or even IQ.

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Mother like daughter

The greatest challenge of mothering a daughter is to allow them to be themselves.

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'Cannot protect her'

I support my beautiful 17-year-old's decision to come out but worry about people's reactions.

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Teens moving out

When your child decides to live with your ex, instead of split their time between homes.

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Things are changing

When is it normal for a boy's voice to change?

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A healthy approach to sex

In the age of sexting, social media and online porn, how do young men learn to be healthy, happy sexual beings?

A brief guide to teen talk

My 12-year-old forbade me to read her phone, so of course I thought something was up and had a snoop. Trouble is I couldn't decode the text talk.

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Learning the value of a dollar

My children grew up thinking money grows on trees. But my eldest has finally learned to appreciate a dollar - thanks to her new job.

Carleigh

An empowering selfie

Carleigh O'Connell found herself the target of a mean (and public) joke, but instead of falling victim she fought back with a bum selfie.

Jaylani Turner

Paris date for young model

Jaylani Turner has been brushing up on her Te Reo for when she competes in the Face of the Globe pageant in Paris later this year.

BINDI IRWIN

Bindi's plea to teens

Steve Irwin's teenage daughter has a crusade of her own - urging teens girls to cover up, go makeup free and let their light shine through.

THIGH GAP

Thigh gaps and eating disorders

Can a teen's quest for a thigh gap lead to a full-fledged eating disorder?

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How sex fears are damaging girls

There are six really big and very connected problems with all the fear swirling around a girl's budding sexuality.

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How to get your son reading

My 12-year-old son doesn't read for pleasure any more. Do you have any suggestions on what might fire up his imagination (in an age-appropriate way!).

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Periods don't have glitter

When they say fake it 'til you make it, they rarely mean your period. But that is exactly what happens in this hilarious new ad.

SLEEPOUT

The boy who slept outside

Teenager Rudy Hummel decided to sleep in his tree house for an entire year - braving freezing conditions along the way.

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