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Do this to raise well-adjusted kids

Children who take part in family meals display less delinquency, greater academic achievement, improved psychological wellbeing, more positive family interactions and eat healthier foods. Read more [...] Read More

Talking to Teens

Psychologist and author Collett Smart talks to Kochie and Sam on Sunrise, about some of the topics in her new parenting book, 'They'll Be Okay'. (How to talk about social media, body image and sex) 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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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

Parents are having much farther reaching effects than they know

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 […]

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Part 1 – ‘It’s Complicated: The social Lives of Networked Teens’

'It is common for people to label anything unfamiliar as dangerous, and social media platforms and gaming devices are no exception.' Read more [...] Read More