Life Talk Parenting Forum

Equip yourself with tools, tips, information and advice about the issues facing you and your teens, and win your Tug-of-Parenting!
 

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IF THAT'S YOUR CHILD'S FUTURE IN THE CENTRE, WHAT WILL YOUR CHOICES BE?


Life is a tug-of-war. Win it.
 

THE LIFE TALK FORUM IS A SOLUTION-BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION THAT HAS A “BIRD’S EYE VIEW” OF THE ADOLESCENT WORLD AND HIGHLIGHTS MANY OF THE CURRENT ISSUES AND CHALLENGES FACING TEENS AND PARENTS. 

 
 

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  • Provides parents with an opportunity to receive and share relevant information, and to discuss issues, challenges and ideas.

  • Provides a mechanism to enhance communication between parents and adolescents.

  • Enables teenagers to confidentially share their feelings and views, and to ask sensitive questions.

  • Enables schools and counsellors to convey important messages and parenting tips.

  • Promotes values and an enhanced “family focus”.

  • Provides all parties with a confidential sounding board on life’s challenges.

  • Works on joint awareness-building initiatives with individuals and organisations that share our vision.
     

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  • Receive our Parenting Newsletter: key info, tips and advice for a smoother parenting journey.

  • Life Talk Lens: Short online videos, helping you to understand your child’s world and keeping you up-to-date with tips for the current issues.

  • Equip yourself to parent proactively.

  • Enhance communication between yourself and your child.

  • Minimize preventable distress currently experienced by many teens and young adults (often resulting from hasty decision-making that is based on a lack of knowledge or not taking consequences into account).

  • Create a more stable and content family life, steering away from distress-inducing lifestyles.

  • Empower the youth to make wise choices and take responsibility– thereby leading to a life that’s smoother, happier, successful and fulfilling.

  • Confidentially share your feelings and views and ask sensitive questions.

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Proactive parenting = happy, healthy and well-balanced children

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Videos for parents

 

WEEKLY VIDEO TIPS, ADVICE AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE CURRENT ISSUES AND CHALLENGES FACED BY ADOLESCENTS, YOUNG ADULTS AND PARENTS.


Intro to the Life Talk Forum & the Tug-of-Life by Author and Founder Izabella Little-Gates.
Hubbly 1: Worse than cigarettes.  The facts about Hubbly/Hookah/Sheesha
Hubbly 2: What parents need to know about Hubbly Bubbly: info and trends
Cyberbullying 1: Are you listening to your child?
 
Your child could be being bullied.
Cyberbullying 2: There's a chance that your child could one day bully someone...
 

What is the choking game?
 
STI 1: Some facts we all need to be aware of:
(eg: many STIs show no symptoms)
STI2 2: Why we all need to talk to our children
(information = awareness = safety)
STI info for young adults: Why it's essential to give careful thought to sexual activity.
Porn Addcition: What is it and how can we as parents prevent it?
Could this be your teen?
OUR FIRST LIFE TALK 'TUG-OF-LIFE' FLASHMOB!
 
The SpeakUp! Programme
 
The Tug-of-Life at the KZN Youth Day
 
 

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Parenting Newsletters

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Subscribe now to stay up to date with tips and advice about the current trends and challenges that you and your children are up against!

NEWS 1:

  • Teen drinking
  • Drugs
  • Clubs & clubbing
  • Cell phones
  • Pocket money
  • Q & A: Porn; Communication; Signs of drug addiction; Self-esteem

NEWS 2:

  • Discipline
  • Depression
  • Drugs/alcohol
  • Cell phones
  • Grade 8 problems
  • Q & A: sexual activity; Boredom; Self-mutilation; Eating disorder; Drug use; Language skills; Self-esteem; Good books

 

NEWS 3:

  • Bullying
  • Subject choices
  • Sexual abuse
  • Matric rave week
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Q & A: Values & family; Sexual experimentation; Ritalin options; Single parenting; Self-esteem; Forum's aims

NEWS 4:

  • Tips on communication
  • Values for teens
  • Signs of sexual abuse
  • Q & A: Heavy drinking at 16; Rebellious & cheeky teen; Grade 11 dagga; Sleepover & drinking at 13; Divorce effects; Dating after divorce.

 

NEWS 5:

  • Facebook
  •  Parenting: authoritarian, permissive or democratic?
  • Divorce & the adolescent
  • Cell phone camera issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Drugs
  • Q & A: MXit gude; Monster teen; Sexual activity; Communication

NEWS 6:

  • Violence, alcohol & death
  • Sexual bullies
  • Spoilt-brat bullies
  • Talking sex
  • Self-esteem: media's impact
  • Q & A: Only-child tips; Imaginary friends; Angry child; Older boyfriend; Crime's effects; Sex with teacher.

 

NEWS 7:

  • Facebook
  • Online dangers
  • Drug use
  • Hubbly Bubbly
  • EMO
  • Drink spiking
  • Gonzo porn
  • Q & A: Drugs being used & where they are found; Parenting tips

NEWS 8:

  • 'Eye drops' & drink spiking
  • MXit cost alert
  • 'Rape me' games
  • Counsellors
  • Parents' self-esteem
  • Q & A: 15-year-old pregnant; SMSing and lack of sleep; Boyfriend on drugs; Son victimised; Remarried dad.

 

NEWS 9:

  • What's worrying parents & schools?
  • Launch of Life Talk for Parents
  • Self-harm / cutting
  • Are fake IDs OK?

NEWS 10:

  • Hubbly Bubbly - important info!
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Fake ID: a teen's story
  • Head injuries

NEWS 11:

  • Anti-teen drinking initiatives
  • Initiation or bullying?
  • A drug dealer's alert to parents
  • Divorce
  • Cults
  • Mental illness; bi-polar
  • Retrouvaille & help for marriages
  • Parenting Forums
  • FAMSA workshops

NEWS 12:

  • Tug-of-War launch and why we all need to pull together
  • Pornography: why is it so dangerous now?
  • Porn addiction: causes and consequences

NEWS 13:

  • TUG-OF-WAR
  • Chat rooms: fun or dangerous?
  • “Kiddy Bubbly”
  • Reporting child porn
  • Cyberbullying
  • The ARA & teen alcohol

NEWS 14:

  • Choking games
  • Tug-of-War
  • Random drug testing; Drug survey
  • Rainbow parties
  • My mobile watchdog
  • Talks by Sally  Thorp
  • Child trafficking

 

NEWS 15:

  • Huffing
  • Chat-rooms
  • Blow-jobs ain’t sex!
  • STDs
  • Drunk parents
  • Sexting
  • Cape & Life Talk
  • Table Tuesdays
  • Arabic Life Talk book

NEWS 16:

  • Acronyms on mxit
  • What should parents do?
  • Facebook: parents’ guide
  • Video clip re teen challenges
  • Team & initiatives

 

NEWS 17:

  • Drug Alert at Schools:
    Chewing Tobacco or drug?
  • Life changing book!
    The Tug-of-Life launch!

NEWS 18:

  • Drugs: Urgent Alert!
  • Drink Spiking
  • QOOH.ME
  • Alcohol & Teen Brain
  • Updated Life Talk Books
  • Videos
  • Team & Initiatives

NEWS 19:

  • Stress Symptoms
  • Stress Beaters/Tips
  • Book Special
  • Videos

NEWS 20:

  • Parties: Tips
  • Flashmob - A World First!
  • Book Special
  • Videos
  • News 1-19if

NEWS 21:

  • Bullied or the bully?
  • Vital conversations to have with your children, teens and young adults

CALLING SPONSORS

  • We urgently need your help!
  • How you benefit
  • What we've achieved in the last 18 months

NEWS 22

  • Should you be worried about prescription drug abuse?
  • Facts and figures
  • Over-the-counter drugs
  • Knowledge is power
  • Book special '4 for the price of 3'

NEWS 23

  • To all young people

All advice given is given in good faith and the Life Talk Forum team and its advisors/panel members take no responsibility for any consequent actions arising therefrom.

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  Essential Info for Parents

CYBERBULLYING: 
ON THE INCREASE IN SOUTH AFRICA (UNISA): 

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TEENAGE DRINKING:
STUNTS YOUR CHILD’S EMOTIONAL GROWTH!


 Why tell your school about us?

Our interactive life skills talks and programmes (suited to the individual needs of each school: aimed at children, parents, or educators) inform and empower participants to start making wise choices, based on sound decision making and strong values, pertaining to the different challenges addressed in each workshop.

The Life Talk books are a much needed addition to each classroom equipping pupils, teachers and counsellors with tools to find their own solutions to the challenges being faced.

Win your Tug-of-Parenting and help your children to win their Tug-of-Teens by making sure that the values and messages adopted at school are the same in the home.  Let’s all pull together to create a great tomorrow for our youth!

 How does the forum work?

The Life Talk Forum is run by Izabella Little-Gates, author of the Life Talk books,  Directors Sally Thorp and the team.  Input comes from parents, teenagers, and a network of experts comprising: psychologists, counsellors, principals, teachers, career guidance specialists, experts in drug and alcohol abuse, and other expertise that may be required. Newsletters are produced regularly, summarizing the latest challenges that have come up and providing input from experts.

Talks and workshops are conducted for teens, educators and parents, and awareness building initiatives are run such as the Life Talk Tug-of-War and Table Tuesdays (click on the links to find out more).

Izabella and her team appear frequently on TV, radio and in the print media, and provide input on specific issues, challenges and helpful areas.  Life Talk works on many joint awareness-building initiatives with individuals and organisations that share our vision!

Programmes and talks can be arranged on request.

the life talk forum's objectives:

  1. Raise awareness and stimulate thought about challenges, choices, consequences and solutions.
  2. Minimize preventable distress currently experienced by many teens and young adults resulting from hasty decision making that is often based on lack of knowledge and not taking consequences into account.
  3. Change behaviour in certain instances, in the interest of creating a more stable and content society, steering away from distress-inducing lifestyles.
  4. Highlight solutions through solution-focused interventions.
  5. Galvanize society into taking action against challenges or activities that lead to heartachesuch as teen binge-drinking, drug abuse, promiscuity, crime, HIV/AIDS.
  6. Make values ‘cool’ and encourage our youth tomake wise choices and to take responsibility for their lives – thereby leading to a life that’s smoother, happier, successful and fulfilling.

The Life Talk Forum’s mission is to: raise awareness about the issues and challenges faced by teens; focus on solutions; trigger change where necessary; and to help create happy, successful and fulfilled youth guided by sound values.

Our Primary Goal:  to galvanize teens and parents to ‘pull’ together to address the various challenges.

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All advice given is given in good faith and the Life Talk Forum team and its advisors/panel members take no responsibility for any consequent actions arising therefrom.

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