What to Do When Your Teen is Caught ‘Sexting’

By: Dr Justin CoulsonDear Dr Justin,I have a teenage daughter who has been sending inappropriate photos to boys, and one has been shared around amongst her peer group. We’ve raised her to know that’s wrong, but she still doesn’t seem to get it. What should we do?Sexting (or...

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Teach Your Kids Self-Awareness

By: Jenny BaxterHow to teach your kids self-awareness so they understand themselves better, and know the impact they are having on others.This blog expands on 20 Ways to Rock at Being a Mother No. 5: Be Self-Aware, which outlines your personal benefits of self-awareness, and how you can...

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How can I help my child be resilient?

By: Dr Justin CoulsonToday’s parents are working overtime to help pave the way for their kids. The New York Times has dubbed them ‘snowplow’ or ‘lawn mower parents’ – ‘machines chugging ahead, clearing any obstacles in their...

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Navigating Your Teen’s Quest For Independence

By: Dr Justin CoulsonDear Dr Justin,My daughter started high school and already there are parties and outings organised where no parents are allowed. She’s only 12 and I think too young to go unsupervised. Am I being unfair?The teen years are a glorious time for our kids. It is a time of...

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It Takes A Village… But The Village Is Sick

By: Dr Justin CoulsonIn recent weeks, to surprisingly little fanfare, the Morrison Federal Government has announced a new Children’s Mental Health Strategy. Announced by Health Minister, Greg Hunt, at the National Press Club, the strategy is aimed squarely at building resilience in childhood...

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Helping Our Kids Feel Good By Doing Good

By: Dr Justin CoulsonWe all want our kids to feel good. Ice cream. Cake. Beach days. Playdates. These are all great for bringing joy. But typically, these good feelings don’t last. Once the ice cream is gone, or the playdate is over, our kids often lose the zest and pep they were feeling.So,...

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The Case Against Boredom

By: Dr Justin CoulsonRecently there has been a groundswell of popular opinion extolling the value of letting our kids be bored. A recent New York Times article argued, ‘Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and...

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What To Do When Your Child Lashes Out

By: Dr Justin CoulsonDear Dr Justin,My 9-year-old son lashes out at his younger siblings when they bother him and often ends up hurting them. He feels terrible afterwards, but he can’t seem to get his anger or his reactions under control. What should I do?Lashing out in anger is something...

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HELP! My Kids Ask Me Too Many Questions!

By: Jenny BaxterHow many times have you thrown your hands up in frustration at the never-ending WHYs?Recently a friend posted the following cry for help on Facebook. (You can see my answer further down)Ok, thoughts and opinions welcomed. Son is asking lots of “WHY?” questions at the...

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What to Do When Your Child Is Fearless!

By: Dr Justin CoulsonMy childhood friend Joel was fearless.When he was about six, Joel’s parents installed a balcony on the back of their pole home. For some reason, the builder couldn’t install the safety railing straight away. The fall from the balcony to the ground was at least 6...

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