Setting Boundaries With Teenagers

As you may know, I have been doing some work with ReachOut Australia this year providing advice for parents with teenage children. The articles I wrote for them covered topics such as lessons to teach your teenager about the future of work, supporting your teenager to figure out what they want to do when they leave school, and how to stay connected to your teenager as a single parent. It has been a very rewarding experience.

Recently they asked me to participate in a Facebook Live panel discussion with child psychologist Joe Tighe, hosted by the delightful Melissa Hoyer. The theme of the discussion was,

Boundary setting is an important part of helping your teen gain independence, remain safe and learn how to make good decisions. But setting consequences that stick, building trust and making sure you’ve covered all the bases can get pretty complicated.

The wait in the green room was nerve-wracking, but time flew once we got started. I am told we had over 18,000 views and the video is still available on their Facebook page here.

If you don’t have Facebook then you can view the discussion below.


About ReachOut Australia.

ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. Our practical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information we offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too.

ReachOut has been changing the way people access help since launching as the world’s first online mental health service more than 20 years ago. Everything we create is based on the latest evidence and designed with experts, and young people or their parents. That’s why our digital self-help tools are trusted, relevant and easy to use.

Available for free anytime and pretty much anywhere, ReachOut is accessed by 132,000 people in Australia every month. That’s more than 1.58 million each year.