Bec is the author of three best-selling novels The Girl Most Likely, The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay and Joel and Cat Set The Story Straight (co-authored with Nick Earls). Since 2009 Rebecca has focused on writing non-fiction books for teenage girls to help them navigate those tricky high school years. Those books include Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school); Find Your Feet (The 8 things I Wish I’d Known Before I Left High School) and the best-selling Ask Me Anything (heartfelt answers to 65 anonymous questions from teenage girls).
CREATE A LITTLE BIT OF MAGIC THIS CHRISTMAS
Christmas is my favourite time of the year. To me, it’s magical. With sparkling trees and fairy lights, brown sugar bickies and Kris Kringle games. It’s a time of goodwill and peace and kindness and extra servings of chocolate pudding. The problem of course is that real life has a habit of shoe-horning itself into the season. Everything can start to feel rushed and overwhelming and stressful.The secret to making Christmas magical is for all of us to slow down where we can. Anchor the season in ritual. And realise that even the smallest act of kindness can create a Christmas miracle. It’s never too late to start new traditions and rituals.
Do you think I’m fat?
How come I can’t have Instagram when all my friends are on it?
I am so tired of playing this sport. Can I quit the team?
When can I start wearing make-up?
Or maybe it’ll be more of a truth bomb she drops rather than a question. She reveals she's been spending all her lunch hours alone at school. Or that she’s being bullied. Or that she has a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend.
In that moment when your daughter comes to you for advice, what are you going to say? How exactly do you respond? How you handle this moment could determine whether she ever opens up to you again ...
These cheat sheets are designed to help you navigate life’s tricky moments with your tween daughter. When she throws you a curveball, these "cheat sheets" will show you how to catch it.
A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB ADVENTURE FOR KIDS AGED 10-13
The Rebel Readers Alliance is a virtual book club which offers a safe, inclusive space for kids aged 10-13 from around Australia (and the world!) where we can:
- Dive into stories
- Explore ideas
- Delve into some of the common experiences of the tween years (friendships, belonging, confidence)
safely connect with other kids (outside the usual bubble of school)
- Have lots of fun!
Upon joining our hearty crew, your child will experience:
- Monthly Book Chat webinar via Zoom
- A downloadable reading guide for each chosen story with questions to ponder before our meeting
- A downloadable map to chart our reading journey
Your roadmap to the tween years
Is your daughter in primary school? Then it’s the perfect time to establish yourself as the lighthouse in her life – that beacon of wisdom there to guide her as she learns to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of upper primary school and high school. My Lighthouse Plan is designed to give parents of girls two things. First, it’s a roadmap to the tween years and I’m here to help you help your daughter navigate everything from first periods to first sleepover to first social media accounts to first dates. I’ve done the leg-work for you and put all the best articles, books, videos and podcasts in one location on a variety of topics including friendships, confidence and resilience, mental health, conflict resolution and study habits! I’ll also show you the simple things you can do to strengthen the bond between you and your girl. I'm a big believer in laying a strong foundation of communication, support and openness when our kids are still tweens BEFORE they hit the teenage years. And that's what my Lighthouse Plan is all about. I’ll offer you tips on how to strengthen your bond with your daughter AND give you a roadmap to help you both navigate the wonderful, tricky, eye-opening years ahead.
Is whether or not you enjoy high school based on luck? Or can you actively make choices and decisions which will greatly improve your chances of having a positive experience? In this online version of one of my most popular school talks, I go through the five things students can do to have a more positive experience in high school. From choosing supportive friends and avoiding drama cyclones to allowing yourself to be ‘seen’ and understanding the difference between bullies and jerks … this material is especially useful for students in years 5, 6, 7 and 8. Suitable for Parents and their Teens/Tweens.
In this online version of one of my most popular school talks, I go through the six things teens and tweens can do to navigate those tricky waters of friendships in their teen and tween years (students in years 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8).
Included is a PDF workbook for your teen / tween to complete, as well as access to the replay of the live workshop.
In this 30 minute webinar Bec will share four practical ideas to help you build those strong bonds with your child. Whether your child is in primary school or high school — this webinar will arm you with easy ways to connect (or reconnect) with your child.
In this 30-minute webinar l go through 5 easy to understand tips for having a more positive experience with texting and messaging.
Texting and messaging friends can be a brilliant way to stay connected and in touch. By following a few simple guidelines — they can dial down the drama and dial up the fun and connection.
In this 20 minute webinar is designed to encourage kids to think about their own personal boundaries and how to communicate those boundaries with their friends in a strong but kind way.
Some people seem to make friends easily. Others find the process of connecting with other kids a little tricker. If your child is starting a new school and looking to expand their friendship network, this 20 minute webinar is for them!
I’ll go through SEVEN easy tips for making authentic friendships and increasing your positive connections at school.
Homework. Assignments. Exams. After school activities. Family commitments.
Our kids have enough going on without having the added stress of being caught up in drama at school.
In this 20-minute webinar I’ll go through FOUR strategies for what to do if you’re caught up in a drama cyclone at school and how to get out of it!
Whether it’s someone muttering ‘You’re useless at soccer’ or rolling their eyes at you in the hallway in this 20-MINUTE EXPRESS WEBINAR on ‘How To Handle Mean Kids’ where I’ll equip you and your tween or teen with some practical advice and strategies on dealing with those snarky moments in the schoolyard.
Please note this is not about bullying but instead about those one-off snarky or mean behaviours from other kids in the schoolyard or classroom.
There’s a saying I heard last year: Don’t cut what you can untie. And it’s never been more true than when it comes to changing or moving friendship groups at school. In this express 20 minute webinar I’m going to give your tween or teen tips on how to move friendship groups without causing unnecessary drama or hurt.