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Why It Totally Sucks To Be A Teen

Posted by Chameleon on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Mental Health Musings 
Yep, that’s what I said people. Being a teenager is not easy. I wouldn’t choose to back and relive those days of my youth, even with all the knowledge that I have now.

Why do I say this?

I can name 3 reasons…

1.    Your body does weird stuff.

It’s ridiculous – right about the time that you can start spreading your wings in this world, you body decides it’s time to change. Uncontrollable rampaging hormones surge through your body with little concern as to how this is going to affect y...
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Why You Should Test Your Child

Posted by Chameleon on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, In : Mental Health Musings 
School Readiness Testing

Your child is old enough for school; why doesn’t that mean he’s ready for school? I’m sure the answer to that is obvious when you look at the vast difference between those children excelling in grade 1 and those who are struggling to keep their grasp on the work content.

I’m certainly not saying that we should keep our children back until they have acquired the skills to perform in Grade 1. The concept of School Readiness Testing is often wildly misinterpreted. ...
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Am I Ready For Big School, Mom?

Posted by Chameleon on Friday, September 14, 2012, In : Mental Health Musings 
It's around this time of year when you may start anticipating your little treasure starting "big school". I'm sure you are looking forward to 2013 with joy and anxiety as your child begins a new chapter of their life.

But what if you are worried that your monkey isn’t ready to cope with the academic stressors that this new milestone may bring? School readiness assessments help shed light on how ready your preschooler is to face the challenges that mainstream school has to offer.

Is your presc...

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New Teen Workshop: Love Languages

Posted by Chameleon on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : Mental Health Musings 

Feel like you aren't getting through to people? Do you feel misunderstood? Boost your communication skills! 

Boyfriends, girlfriends, siblings, parents, friends, teachers, anyone you have to relate to every day: How awesome would it be if YOU had the power to improve those relationships? 

In my dim memory of being a 13 year old, all I could really think about was why my parents didn't get me, and oh god, why can't I get a boyfriend.

It's a lot different today, isn't it? With the resources I ha...

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Divorce: How to Handle Your Breakup

Posted by Chameleon on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : Mental Health Musings 

Are you about to go through a divorce?

At Chameleon, we are here to help you and your family approach your divorce and subsequent life change intelligently and practically. You’ve probably been wondering for a long time, “How will this affect my children?”  

Let’s be realistic: badly.


But be smart about it. No matter how much resentment there may be between you and your partner, you have to remember that you are still a parenting team. You will always have that bond. Use it to em...

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Hi my name is... and I am/have a teenager.

Posted by Chameleon on Thursday, July 26, 2012, In : Mental Health Musings 

We’re honestly not sure who we’re talking to here:

We hope we’re talking to teenagers, because this is who these workshops are catered for. But most likely, we’re talking to parents of teens. And that’s okay. Because we want parents to know that there is a place they can send their teenagers to learn life skills that they aren’t going to learn at school.

It’s not therapy. So you can tell your son or daughter that they’re not getting sent away to be analysed by a shrink. Ther...

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3 Reasons Why You Should Send Your Kids to Kung Fu

Posted by Chameleon on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Mental Health Musings 
Studies have found that martial arts, in which you have to pay close attention to body movements, tax the attention system: a very good thing for adolescents with behavioural disorders.

Here are three reasons why you should be sending your preteens and teenagers to Kung Fu:

It will calm them the hell down.

Dealing with a moody teenager can be difficult at the best of times, especially when there are other behavioural factors at play. Martial arts training, in particular, has a profound effect on...
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Beat the Winter Blues

Posted by Chameleon on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, In : Mental Health Musings 
Yes, I know it’s cold.

Us Jo’burgers tend to go into some kind of emotional hibernation during winter. We bow our heads, turn our collars out and just get on with life without much enthusiasm. We do what absolutely needs to be done, and not much else. 

Chameleon offers family counselling sessions
Family counselling sessions

No one wants to think about therapy when it’s cold. But there may just be a few reasons you’d like to visit Chameleon Play Therapy this winter:
  1. Sunny reception area with couches comfy enough to...

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About Brenda

Brenda Leemans Brenda is a Registered Counsellor and owner of Chameleon Play Therapy Centre. Here she will be sharing her musings on mental health.
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