Talking to Children About the Bushfires

By: Dr Justin CoulsonThe ongoing bushfires around Australia are extraordinary. We’ve all seen them. Too many have experienced them or had close encounters, either personally or through a friend or loved one. Homes, lives, animals, environment – so much gone. No matter where you live in...

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You’re Taking Forever!!!

By: Dr Justin CoulsonIf you’ve got kids (and even if you don’t), you’re well aware that Christmas morning is the most hotly anticipated moment of the year.Kids sneak out of bed well before dawn to see what Santa’s left under the Christmas tree. Parents the world over are...

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The Santa Conversation

By: Dr Justin CoulsonChristmas time is here, a time when our children talk about all the things that Santa will bring them.Santa is an integral part of our Christmas tradition. Stories are concocted to convince kids that Santa will only come if they’re nice (and not naughty)....

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A Fresh Perspective on a Routine Assignment

By: Jenny BaxterMy head screwed up with this fresh perspective. Oh my goodness!My rock idol says this:“Parenting is the most important job anyone will ever do.”He really gave a fresh and unexpected view on pregnancy, motherhood and parenting. Why hadn’t I thought of it...

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Are Activity Trackers Good for Children?

By: Dr Justin CoulsonWearable trackers like the Fitbit, Garmin, Moove, or even smart-watches are gaining significant market-share with children – and with Christmas so close, it’s likely that they’ll be in plenty of Santa stockings.Market research shows that sales of...

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How to Trust Your Motherly Intuition

By: Jenny BaxterHow did Anna know what to do with her screaming baby? By trusting her motherly intuition – and with a little help from her Mamma!Sleep? Who needs sleep?Anna is a friend of mine whose baby, Charlotte, is just three months old. Even though Anna is a medical doctor, being a...

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Why Your Kids Need a Tribe

By: Dr Justin CoulsonEveryone needs to be known by someone. Just one significant other.For our kids, knowing that they are known and loved by one caring adult is the central predictor of resilience. Having great people around them is one of the next critical resources for building...

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A Balanced Approach to Parenting

By: Dr Justin CoulsonI had a call from a journalist recently. She asked me, “Have you heard of Panda parenting? It’s kind of different to Tiger Parenting. It’s a bit more like Lawnmower or Snow Plough parenting. But it’s kind of different to helicopter parenting, and closer...

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