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January alert: teen identity

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If you’ve noticed your teenager trying out new trends, ideas and values, that’s pretty normal.

In the teen years, young people are often busy working out who they are and where they fit in the world. Experimenting with identity is an important part of your child’s development into a young adult.


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Emo, gamer, hipster, nerd? Trying out identities

Teenagers sometimes change behaviour or appearance to be part of a social group. It’s normal for teens to identify with different groups as they develop their own identities.
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Creating confident teens

Confidence is your child’s key to exploring identity, meeting challenges and enjoying new experiences. Help build your child’s confidence by focusing on effort rather than outcomes.
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Peer pressure: useful things to know

Wanting to be more like your friends is a normal part of being a teenager. And peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing, if it encourages your child to try something new and positive.
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Nurturing self-identity in teens with ASD

Teens with ASD can find it hard to work out who they are. Talking with your child about how everybody is different can help build your child’s self-esteem and self-identity.
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‘No idea what’s in fashion’: feature video

Teens and parents talk about trying to keep up with the latest trends and fashions. Some teens have ‘no idea what’s in fashion’ – and just don’t care. Others feel the pressure more.

Holiday movies

Watching a movie with your teen can be a great way to spend some special time together. But how do you know which movies will suit your family? Our movie reviews have you covered. Read the latest:

Back to school

Get the new school year off to a low-stress start by having uniforms, equipment, books, stationery and bags ready well ahead of time. Here are more ideas to help your family get back into school routine:

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