Collett Smart is a consultant psychologist, qualified teacher, lecturer, author and mum of 3. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working in private and public schools, as well as working as a consultant psychologist in private practice. Collett holds a degree in teaching and a post graduate degree in psychology, with a specialisation in 'special educational needs'. Collett's knowledge has lead to her working with children, teens and their parents around Australia, inner city London in the UK, and in Africa. Collett's working week involves varied but complimentary roles. These include - delivering seminars, psychology consults, lecturing at UWS, media appearances and being mum to 3 children between the … continue reading
When you tell your child that they’ve reached their limit of screen time for the day or that they aren’t allowed to play a particular game because of its content, you aren’t going to see their grades improve immediately or better behavior tomorrow (in fact, you might see a lot of complaining today).
Although, I strongly advise parents never to just jump into a diagnosis. Perhaps wait a while, especially with a young child, to see if it just immaturity and don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. Very often parents have a gut feel anyway, and know their child best!
Despite all of the new technology, many parents still seem to have few rules about use of media by their children and adolescents. In a recent study, two-thirds of children and teenagers reported that their parents have “no rules” about time spent with media. (Wow!)
There are 3 reasons we lose motivation.
1. Lack of confidence
2. Focusing on fears
3. Loss of perspective
Depression is the most common mental health problem for young people. However, as we look at the current statistics of teen depression, regardless of how disturbing, they help us to recognise that it is a problem shared by many and has resulted in a growing resource of help and support.
I recently received an email from a parent with the exact subject heading as the title of this post. What got me thinking was that this was not the first time I had been asked/emailed/tweeted this question in recent months.
Self-worth & Body Image
If you focus on weight instead of health, then you leave yourself open to doing clearly unhealthy things to lose weight. Rather than setting a ‘weightloss’ goal, set achievable, healthy, food and exercise goals. Aim for activities you enjoy doing and healthy foods you like to eat.
There are currently hundreds of articles demanding that young men respect young women – and so they should. However, something has become blindingly apparent, and this is the major point being missed.
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