When you speak, your tone and body language say more than your words do as indicated by Albert Mehrabian's 7-38-55 Rule. This is especially important to remember when you are speaking to your parents. Whining, an aggressive or defensive tone, throwing your hands in the air and rolling your eyes are all sure ways to get your parents off side. If you want them to really hear you, try to control your tone and gestures. It might be helpful to do some breathing exercises, listen to some music or journal your feelings before you speak to them.
Parents can be a bit distracted, busy and frazzled at Christmas. I love this BBC video about sharing Christmas together.
Just in case you've been living under a rock, today is Father's Day. If you need a last-minute gift idea, check out these free printable coupons. Your Dad would probably be happy with a bit of your time and attention.
If you forgot that it's Mother's Day today (what rock have you been living under?) here are some printable Mother's Day vouchers from Skip to my Lou.
Mother's day is just around the corner (8th May if you're in Australia). I love this great DIY gift idea from www.diyready.com on their 36 Thoughtful Homemade Mother's Day Ideas page. They simply use a pack of cards, punch them and stick something that you love about your mum on each card. It may involve a little bit of thought and effort but I guarantee she'll love it. You could also use squares of nice craft card if you don't think she would like the deck of cards.
Divorce affects many families. Kidshealth.org has a useful article for teenagers who are dealing with divorce. Many kids and teenagers feel responsible for their parents' divorce but it is never your fault! It can be a very stressful time with parents bickering, changes in living arrangements, financial situation and perhaps legal action with custody battles etc.
Kidshealth.org suggests that you:
* see a therapist or counsellor if you need to;
* talk to your parents about your concerns;
* try to keep your normal routine the same, for example, sporting commitments, music lessons, hanging out with friends etc (this can be difficult when you're living between two houses);
* take care of yourself - get plenty of sleep, exercise and eat right.
For more information see the article at Kidshealth.org.
There's only four sleeps till Father's Day. Are you a bit disorganised or a bit broke? Here are some gift ideas for Dad:
Beach kit - beach towel, hat, thongs, sunscreen (if you're really broke shop at k-mart or just buy one of the items)
Magazines - grab a couple of his favourites (cars, fishing, camping, four-wheel driving, men's health or sport)
Character t-shirt - Big W, K-Mart and Target have plenty of Star Wars and Superhero gear
Hamper of some of his favourite foods
New BBQ tools
Car cleaning kit with a voucher to clean his car