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A teenager's guide to arguing with parents, Play School deals with death and grief, why young people don't trust the media, and more.

Our selection of thought-provoking and useful articles from around the web on educating and raising children.


'Tidy your room!': a teenagers' guide to arguing with your parents

(Dean Burnett, The Guardian)

This is an intelligent and entertaining guide for teenagers to better understand their parents, and vice versa. As the author notes, teenagers might expect that this tumultuous time in their lives is when parents will support their decisions, not matter what. In fact, they’ll be more arguments than ever before. It’s the clash between a teen’s developing brain, and a parent’s more rigid one. Classic parent-teen argument starters are dissected, including ‘So, how was school?’, and ‘My house, my rules!’

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How Play School's Little Ted is helping parents and kids talk about death and grief

(Siobhan Hegarty, ABC Life)

For the first time in its 53 history, the ABC’s Play School has screened an episode that explicitly deals with death and grief. The episode, Beginnings and Endings, explored the cycles of life for its pre-school audience – from the joy of buying a puppy, to the death of a grandparent. The two presenters, Alex Papps and Emma Palmer, brought their personal stories to the show.

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On an average day, only 1 per cent of Australian news stories quoted a young person. No wonder so few trust the media

(Tanya Noteley and Michael Dezvanni, The Conversation)

Young people are losing trust in new media organisations. A new study has cast light on one of the potential causes. News organisations are talking about young people, not to them. This article reports on a snapshot study that analysed television and newspaper news in Australia on 1 April 2019. Just over a third were about issues affecting young people. Only 11 per cent of those stories included the views of young people, and just one per cent directly quoted a young person.


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Praise, Don’t Tease, And Other Tips to Help Kids With Their Weight

(Suse Neilson, NPR)

There’s been a heightened awareness of childhood obesity. Could the way a family treats a child be part of the problem? An expert quoted in this article says that a child’s immediate family could be a common source of fat shaming. Parents might think that teasing a child might motivate them to try harder to lose weight. The evidence is that it actually causes harm.

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