Helping Your Child with Depression

By: Dr Justin CoulsonEli is eight years old. He has been diagnosed with depression. And, like it is for anyone with this diagnosis, depression is a daily battle for Eli. His father is essentially absent. His single mother is single-handedly raising three children, working full-time, and trying to...

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What to Say to Children and Teens About COVID-19

By: Collett SmartLike many reading this, I am a parent to 3 children – and the talk of COVID-19 hasn’t left our house much in the last few weeks, especially since the flow of information (and misinformation) has picked up. It’s difficult to ignore isn’t it?Reports are...

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Boys Have Body Image Issues Too

By: Collett SmartPart of my day job sees me lucky enough to spend time with teens. I have run media literacy seminars for students, in schools around the world, for a number of years now. Whenever I ask a group of tween or teen boys what they think the main area of body focus is, for boys, they...

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3 Habits to Develop Healthy Parental Downtime

By: Robert GarrettParenting involves sacrifice – that’s hardly news to anyone with kids. Whether it’s getting up early on a Saturday morning to take them to their game or going without something in order to provide for them, it’s just what we do.However, sometimes we can...

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What if my Child is the Bully?

By: Collett SmartNothing stirs the heart of a parent more than bullying. I don’t think there is a week that goes by without a story in the media about a child being bullied.I sat with another parent in pain as she told me about her daughter’s anguish at being bullied. The mother found...

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Winning Or Losing: How To Handle A Bad Sport

By: Dr Justin CoulsonYou’ve been on the sidelines of the netball court (or soccer pitch, etc) cheering and encouraging. You’ve avoided saying anything about the shoddy refereeing being done by the 15-year-old. You’ve ridden the emotions of your child’s game as...

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How To Raise A Rebel

By: Dr Justin CoulsonI’ve been running parenting workshops full-time around Australia for close to ten years and in all that time no parent has ever told me:“I want to raise weak children who are followers and who can’t think for themselves. Obedient sheep. That’s what I...

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Do You Have Generational Gaps in Life-Skills?

By: Jenny BaxterGenerational Gaps: Who would have thought what your grandparents didn’t know makes a difference to you? The ProblemDuring a trip to England, I told a new friend my backstory – about my mother’s death when I was a teen. My friend’s mother is alive and...

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5 Better Conversations To Have About Screens

By: Dr Justin Coulson“Excess screen time has reduced our attention span to eight seconds, one less than that of a goldfish.”That’s a direct quote from the July 2019 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists held in London. Other gems included commentary on how...

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