Signs of Teen Depression

Debbi Carberry Children, Parenting, Teens

I get a lot of calls from parents asking me if they should be worried about their teen’s mood swings and general rebelliousness, and they want to know if this is a sign of teen depression. Many teens experience a wide range of emotions as they navigate puberty and adolescence.  Emotions can change from day to day or even hour to ...

Sibling Rivalry

Debbi Carberry Anger, Children, Parenting

Many parents who come to see me will comment on how their kids seem to fight or not get along a lot of the time.  Sibling rivalry can drive parents crazy and can make home a battle zone. However sibling rivalry serves a useful purpose for children.  At home with their siblings they learn to deal with disappointments, negotiate relationships, set boundaries and ...

Alcohol Teens and underage drinking

Debbi Carberry Parenting, Teens

In November each year young people from all over Australia mark the end of their high school years with celebration and a ‘rite of passage’ that is centred around underage and excessive drinking. Over 70 per cent of male school leavers and 60 per cent of females report getting drunk on most or all days or nights of their schoolies ...