When your tweens become teens, get set for a rollercoaster ride of learning, loving and listening … and for the mums and daughters who attended our inaugural Puberty Blues high tea this month, we can add ‘laughing’ to the list. Learning how to communicate, conquer teen angst and emerge smiling into teendom was the aim of the game, and we gathered the hottest experts to dish the dirt.


Jema Lee from Wellsome gave us some #girlboss #inspo, talking body confidence, standing up to bullies, understanding the hormones and emotions that puberty brings, and specialist guidance for mums on steering open conversations with our girls, careful word selection and ways to connect. Jema’s take home message? Celebrate your individuality and be confident in your emerging girl power. You’ve got this!


E65971D3-9AB5-4488-937F-0A5E48ACDDD7Sam Keim, Registered Nurse and Founder of Skin Matters came clean on teen skin – how to manage blemishes and acne, hormonal changes, skincare starter tips and how nutrition affects your skin.


Sam’s Six Secrets for Smooth Skin?

  1. Eat the rainbow – fruits and veggies in an array of colours deliver essential vitamins and minerals to get your glow on.
  2. Use sunscreen – every. single. day, no questions asked!
  3. Don’t touch! – while the temptation might be to pick, adopting a ‘hands off’ approach will lead to faster healing and less breakouts in the first place.
  4. Wash your face – gentle cleansers remove makeup, dirt and sebum, without over-stimulating your skin.
  5. Drink water – hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
  6. Eat low GI foods – fuel your face, not just your belly.


With body confidence sorted and fresh skin ready to face the day, it was time for Kirsty Ashe of Two Mums Talking to give us the lowdown on teen fashion.


As Pacific Fair Shopping Centre’s resident stylist, Kirsty has access to the latest looks and trends before they hit the street. And with two children of her own, she ‘gets’ the gap between the cutesy Disney years and the fully-fledged temptress-in-teen clothing that the teen years can represent.


Kirsty’s recommendation? “Mums should sit together with their daughters and Google or Pinterest fashion images and talk about what’s appropriate,” Kirsty suggests. “It’s also really important that mums are modelling a positive body image themselves, as girls of this age group really mirror their parents.”


Kirsty’s go-to items for teen dressing include a great pair of jeans, a key dress or two, and some go-to shorts. From there, it’s a matter of dressing up or down depending on your girl’s personal style. And keep the makeup to a minimum. Kirsty suggests lip-gloss only, with a no-makeup rule until the age of about 15 or 16.


With a wealth of food for thought, our mums and daughters dug into a gorgeous high tea at RACV Royal Pines Resort for an afternoon of fun and connecting, with goodie bags galore to take home and enjoy.



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Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.