Blog Category: Raising Adolescents

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Please help me with my lazy, unmotivated 18yo son who is stuck on the couch and going nowhere

It has only been in the past few years that I have started to hear[...]

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A letter to a 21st Century teen: 10 things I want you to know

Dear Teen, There are so many doomsayers and negative voices speaking despairingly about what’s wrong[...]

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Please teach your sons about ‘the line in the sand’

Raising our sons to be the best expression of themselves — whether they are outgoing,[...]

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Teenage brains are under siege but there are three ways parents can connect

Maggie wrote an analysis piece for the ABC’s news and analysis division on why we[...]

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The world needs more kindness warriors

In this age of selfies, Insta updates, over sharing and an incredible fascination with image,[...]

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How to raise our boys with character

… or rather How to raise our boys with character, who will care about themselves,[...]

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Top Tips for Teens: How to nurture yourself

What Protects and Nurtures You? There are positive, life-affirming ways and life-negating ways of overcoming[...]

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Top Tips for Caring Communication with Teens

The task of ‘lighthouses’ is to help young people find their unique strengths and weaknesses,[...]

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Why emotional turmoil in adolescence is normal

I care deeply about young people and have done since I too was a moody,[...]

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Roosters & Lambs as Teenagers

In this ‘Maggie Moment’, Maggie talks about how temperament may be a factor in how[...]

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Teenage Masks

Do you sometimes feel a teen is pretending to be someone they’re not? In this[...]

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Being a dad in the 21st century

It is a fabulous time to be a father historically, anthropologically and emotionally. The restrictive[...]

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The Teen Tipping Point

In this “Maggie Moment”, Maggie discusses our vulnerable adolescents. She discusses how we all have[...]

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Today’s parents and teens: the generation chasm

There has always been a generation gap between parents and teens. Things change from one[...]

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Why I’m glad my sons took up surfing

Pic: The four Dent lads at the Pipeline break, North Shore Hawaii When I grew[...]

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Talking to Teens about Alcohol and Other Drugs

A shorter version of this blog was published at Essential Kids.  Before the digital world[...]

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Why we need to teach our teens how to handle stress

This article was first published at Essential Kids. Stress is something we, as adults, are all[...]

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Teen safety (without suffocation)–Understanding Boys

Maggie spoke with Harb Gill from the Understanding Boys blog about how to keep your teen sons[...]