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About: Collett Smart

Collett Smart is a psychologist, qualified teacher, lecturer and writer. Collett has more than 20 years experience working in private and public schools, as well as in private practice. She appears regularly on national television and radio, as an expert in teen and family issues. Collett has taught and delivered psychology workshops and seminars around the world, including Australia, the UK and Africa.

When should kids start dating?

Romantic interests are a completely normal part of growing up. However, it’s what teens do with that interest and how you handle your teen’s emerging feelings that matters. Read more [...] Read More

What if my Child is the Bully?

One of the toughest things to hear from your child’s school is that your own child is the bully. Here’s what you can do to help your child. Read more [...] Read More

Let’s stop the stereotypes – our teens are going to be okay!

“I love teenagers!” Yet… I find that whenever I say this phrase people look at me and chuckle, as if waiting for the punchline. There is none. It’s true! I really do love teenagers! Read more [...] Read More

Handling a Rebellious Teenager: 10 Practical Tips

 Collett’s fortnightly radio segment. Listen here.
Article by Clare Bruce. 

Parenting is challenging role at the best of times—but if you have a rebellious, wayward teenager, you’ve got an especially tough gig.

Late nights make you worried and exhausted, fights and hurtful words […]

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Teaching children 10 Body Safety Tips

We teach both water and road safety to the children in our care — it is equally important that we teach children Body Safety. Body Safety aims to empower children with skills and knowledge that will lessen the likelihood of […]

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We’re Teaching Them About Sex—But What About Love Education?

 Collett’s fortnightly radio segment. Listen here.

Article by Clare Bruce. 

If you’re a parent, a teacher, a youth worker, or simply have teenagers in your world, please do a young person a favour: talk to them about healthy relationships, and what it […]

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These common sayings are hurting your kids

Collett is interviewed by Katie Skelly in Now to Love

From excusing bad behaviour to stunting emotional growth, the below sayings – all of which you’ve definitely heard, if not said before – can have a seriously negative impact on your […]

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Teenagers and alcohol

When it comes to the question of teenagers and alcohol, adolescent psychologist Collett Smart has very clear advice for parents: wait until they’re 18. In her view, it’s one of the great parenting “non-negotiables”. Read more [...] Read More
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