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“The mean behaviour has to stop …”

February 24, 2019

“The mean behaviour has to stop …” On Friday I received an email from a school asking for help with their year 8 cohort of girls. There was a culture – they said – of meanness towards one another. That’s the seventh email I’ve received just this year (and it’s still February!) from a school asking for help with a cohort of girls. I’m not an expert but here’s some advice from me on how to move forward if you have a year level of girls (in particular) who are behaving badly towards one another.…

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The List: My go-to resources for tween and teen girls …

August 31, 2016

Here it is. My go-to list. (If you’re looking for my list of resources for teenage BOYS click here) I feel like so many parents are feeling anxious…

"What advice do you have for us for Schoolies Week?"

November 17, 2015

Isn’t that a great question? A SMART QUESTION.  Yesterday I was speaking to the Class of 2015 at Somerville House. So it was me and a room of 200…

"I’m ugly. So how will I ever get a boyfriend?" [extract from Ask Me Anything (heartfelt answers to 65 anonymous questions from teenage girls)]

November 7, 2015

Define ‘ugly’ for me. Ugly in what way? Because let me tell you what ugly means to me. ‘Ugly’ is someone who is racist or homophobic or sexist.…

Who you are in high school is NOT who you are for the rest of your life.

February 8, 2015

It’s this:  Who You Are In High School Is Not Who You Are For The Rest Of Your Life There are two big things I remember about high…

Is this the conversation you need to have with your child before school goes back?

January 24, 2015

Have you taught your child how to recognise a good friend? When you write a book about the importance of choosing the right friends in school, it goes…

If you’re after a feel-good movie, go see this one …

August 16, 2014

Once upon a time I went to the movies ALL THE TIME. On a whim! I’d be bored in an afternoon and think “I’m going to pop out…

That awkward moment when you realise your favourite song is actually about crystal meth.

August 16, 2014

Three years ago I confessed here on Mamamia about a rather embarrassing episode where I was publicly outed for singing the wrong song lyrics. Do you remember? You…

Well done, Tara Brown. You nailed it.

August 16, 2014

  Tara Brown, you nailed it. You bloody nailed it. That’s what I wanted to say last night when I watched Tara Brown conduct one of the most…

Some advice for the family and friends of Ada Nicodemou

August 16, 2014

I was in the kitchen last night buttering toast for my five-year-old daughter – when my husband gasped from behind his laptop. I looked up. “Ada Nicodemou’s  baby…

I think Offspring just broke up with us.

August 16, 2014

Be careful what you wish for. Three weeks ago, I somewhat controversially wrote that I hoped tonight’s season finale of Offspring would be the series finale. Why? Because…

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Over the past 25 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living as a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a radio producer, a newspaper columnist and as an author.

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