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Dads & Their Teenage Daughters

By: Robert GarrettFrom the day our daughter was born, she’s always held a special place in my heart. From my experience talking to dads and reading numerous parenting books, there’s nothing unusual about that.But those same sources also tell us that it’s common for dads to step...

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Family Traditions Help Kids Make Sense of Life

By: Dr Justin Coulson“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.” – Susan LiebermanBen and Tracy Groves love Sundays. Every week, Ben gets up early and takes the two...

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To the Mum Who Thought She’d Be Better at Mothering

By: Jennie ScottWhen I was a little girl, all I wanted to be was a mother. Sure, I played around with being a marine biologist (who knew you had to be good at science?!), and I would teach school to my dolls and stuffed animals.I dreamed of being an ice skater when the winter Olympics were on, and...

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Are Your Kids ‘Fun’? It Matters.

By: Dr Justin CoulsonFun kids are laughing, playing and generally having a good time on the playground. But they’re also building skills that will lead to better relationships.Before I start, I have to be clear: I don’t have a favourite. I have six kids and love them all. But… I...

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Teaching Teens About Healthy Disagreement

By: Robert GarrettIn Braving the Wilderness, author Brené Brown says, “In philosophy, “you’re either with us or against us” is considered a false dichotomy or a false dilemma. It’s a move to force people to take sides. [However] the ability to think past...

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Pandemic Parenting – It’s OK to Do Less

By: Dr Justin CoulsonPandemic parenting. It’s intense and surreal (and sometimes claustrophobic). There are so many new expectations on parents at the moment. Many of us are working from home, managing our own stresses in a new environment with more or less technical difficulties.Many of us...

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