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Here are some of my articles, interviews and podcasts about parenting.

Understanding the Concept of Mindfulness

Posted on November 17, 2020

Lunch with Pippa Hudson Primedia Broadcasting · Understanding the concept of Mindfullness Pippa Hudson

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Two Minutes with Megan de Beyer on Parenting Teens in a Pandemic

Posted on November 17, 2020

Psychologist Megan de Beyer on supporting teenagers through the pandemic. Parent24 has invited a number of local experts to weigh in on how the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent lockdown, has affected families across South Africa – in just 2 minutes! Listen Here

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Course Preview – Strong Mothers, Strong Sons

Posted on November 6, 2020

A video featuring excerpts from the Strong Mothers, Strong Sons course, with input from moms who’ve attended, and other interviews with Megan.

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Strong Mothers, Strong Teens

Posted on November 6, 2020

While running workshops at schools, I have asked hundreds of moms and sons what they generally fight about. It is easy to see that underlying these everyday clashes there is a deeper agenda, as mothers’ needs are so different from the developmental tasks that their sons are hardwired to achieve. Your teen’s developmental tasks areAutonomy […]

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25 Tips for Mothers of Teenage Boys

Posted on November 6, 2020

Recognise your son’s ownership of his growth into maturity. Notice that your need for control hampers his self-growth. Stop laundering his emotions, let him begin to regulate his own – be the role model and learn to see the difference between venting and communicating. A boy’s strong life impulse needs to be witnessed and acknowledged; […]

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How to Raise a Man

Posted on November 6, 2020

Like it or not, your son is Generation Z. He has been adored and treasured, photographed and recorded. Many of his generation of adolescents are outwardly assertive and outspoken and have good boundaries, yet inwardly they are full of paradoxes. And they are confusing to manage – your GenZ or millennial rules you. They are […]

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It’s Stressful Out There

Posted on November 6, 2020

Sometimes you may feel like everything is just too much. There is so much to do that you don’t seem to complete anything properly. Stress arises due to your perception of whether or not you can meet the demands being made on you. Stress is your body’s reaction to situations that overload, frighten, irritate or […]

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Aggressive Adolescents

Posted on November 6, 2020

Aggressive adolescents are of great concern to parents and the community at large. Many adolescent psychologists believe that relationships rescue struggling teens, not punishment. I see all aggressive behaviour as a cry for help. Your child needs empathy, care, understanding and strong structure. He or she also needs to understand why irritability and anger arise […]

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Understanding Boys

Posted on October 17, 2020

Megan De Beyer is a psychologist, parenting expert & mindfulness coach. Based in Cape Town, Megan promotes positive parenting through her parent workshops, in which she guides mothers & helps them to navigate the challenging teenage years. Her mission is to educate parents in order to foster connected, meaningful relationships with their children. Her strategies & tips […]

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Parenting in a Pandemic

Posted on October 5, 2020

A psychologist shares what brave South Africa moms and dads have reported about their experience of parenthood during the time of Covid-19 Wellness Magazine October – December 2020 Read More

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14. Raising Sons Right

Posted on September 26, 2020

Are you mom to a teenage boy? Do you wonder how to make him strong and independent but also able to deal with his emotions and be vulnerable? Does it sometimes seem a VERY difficult job? Don’t worry. Help is at hand. After one of her recent “Strong Mothers, Strong Sons” workshops in KZN, Megan […]

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How to Raise a Man

Posted on September 4, 2020

Afternoon Express Family Psychologist & Author, Megan De Beyer, is a self-product of raising two young men (both now in their early thirties) as a single-working mother.

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20 Tips for parents of teenage daughters

Posted on September 1, 2020

Give your daughter clear but reasonable limits. She needs to know where the boundaries are. Have discussions about limits where her opinion counts. Allow her as much freedom as you can within these limits. Give her the chance to be autonomous and allow her to learn to make her own decisions. She needs space to […]

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How to Reach Your Teen Son

Posted on September 1, 2020

So often, during therapy sessions in my practice, I’ve encountered the sulky, surly, withdrawn attitude of the young teen, and the frustrated or embarrassed reaction of the parents. But when I was on holiday with families with teens recently, I witnessed this first hand, outside of my professional sphere. I was fascinated by the reactions […]

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11. D.I.V.O.R.C.E. and K.I.D.S – Part 2

Posted on June 7, 2020

Here’s the second part of our discussion with six intrepid Villagers about their break-ups and their children. They talk about life after divorce, what they’d do differently, what they’ve learned and what advice they’d give to anyone else now they’ve had time to think about it – and it’s definitely not all bad news.

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10. D.I.V.O.R.C.E and K.I.D.S – Part 1

Posted on May 28, 2020

Splitting up with your partner is bad enough. Trying to make sure your kids are OK is a whole other dimension. We get posts about these kinds of issues all the time on The Village. To gather some collective wisdom, Megan sat down with six generous Villagers to talk about what they’d learned from their […]

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7. The Resilience Toolkit

Posted on April 11, 2020

“You can’t protect your children from trauma, but you can prepare them for it.” In our special bonus podcast, Gabi Lowe (from Episode 6) and Pippa Shaper share some of the tools they’ve created to help us build resilience – both in ourselves and in our children.

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6. Tracking Down Joy

Posted on April 2, 2020

In 2012, aged 17, Jenna Lowe was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension. It’s degenerative and incurable. In this Village Live, Jenna’s mom, Gabi, shares the extraordinary insights she gained from having to face every parent’s worst fear, how she and her family learned to build resilience and how she believes that we – and our […]

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4. More Than a Game?

Posted on March 15, 2020

We love seeing our kids succeed. But what happens when winning becomes the only thing that matters? Is it worth sacrificing a childhood? And can parents push too hard? Megan De Beyer talks to a former tennis player about her life as a teenage champion and how she feels looking back. If you don’t want […]

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