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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.

Teens moving out

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

Things are changing

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

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

Advice column

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.

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.

Martha Baxendell

Mums still main mentors

In a world where the pressures on girls are greater than ever, one age-old influence still rises above all others.

Talking to kids

Lost in translation

What you say and what your kids hear can be two different things.

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Teach your teen resilience

What are the practical things that modern parents can do to help their teens when life throws them a curve ball?

Casey Radley

Beauty queen bites back

'I ate my lunch in the toilets and I had food thrown at me and girls threatening to beat me up every day.'

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Bikini line messages

Is your Brazilian confusing your tween? What are your intimate grooming habits saying to your daughter about her changing body?

TWEEN

Parenting as therapy

Can you parent your child in such a way as to protect them from living the same mistakes you made?

Palmerston North clinical psychologist Dr Eve Hermansson-Webb

Why do girls self harm?

Clinical psychologist finds self-harming to be contagious among teenage girls.

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