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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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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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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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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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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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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