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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Mothers Pray: Your Prayer Adventure

By: Jenny BaxterThis Motherhood Life Hack  is all about prayer, and praying for the ups and downs in your motherhood life.Here are some more pointers about prayer to help you on your prayer adventure.Prayer is no small thing It is as simple, and as complex, as verbalising something to God....

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Navigating Your Children’s Unequal Abilities

By: Dr Justin CoulsonIt’s an objective fact: one of our children is always going to better than another child at any given activity. One child might be academically sharper. Or one child may exhibit greater athleticism and coordination. Perhaps it’s nothing to do with talent, but...

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Motherhood Life Hack: Look after Yourself

By: Jenny BaxterWho looks forward going to the doctor for your pap smear? Or a mammogram? Yay! Not!Injuries and health checksBeyond testing your physical system, all those invasive and intrusive examinations test your limit of tolerance to unpleasantness. Groan.It’s hard to look after...

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Dads: How To Stay Connected With Your Kids

By: Dr Justin CoulsonEven When You Don’t Live TogetherResearch is unequivocal. Dad matters. As long as he is safe towards his family,  the more a dad is present and involved in his children’s lives in a positive way, the better the outcomes for everyone. Fathers make unique...

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