Six Science-Backed Benefits of Gratitude

By: Dr Justin CoulsonThere is a mountain of scientifically-backed reasons showing that being grateful is really, really good for us.Six Science-Backed Benefits of GratitudeIncreases HappinessGratitude makes us happier. The science is clear. Happier people are grateful. And grateful people are...

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Sexting: What to Do if It Happens to Your Child

By: Dr Justin CoulsonA friend of mine had an awful ‘sexting’ incident occur with her 11 year-old daughter. Her daughter was having an innocent conversation with a boy from school via text when he asked her to send “noodz” to him. I have two daughters and a son who are...

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Success at School: IQ vs Personality

By: Dr Justin CoulsonA guy I know – let’s call him Justin – was a failure at school by nearly all measures. I (oops, “he”) had few friends. And academically… well, let’s just say that Justin’s report cards were never worth framing and putting on a...

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What to Do When Parents and Grandparents Disagree

By: Dr Justin CoulsonIn Australia, two-thirds of parents are both working and raising young children. And many of those families are turning to grandparents to fill the vital role as carers for their kids. In fact, almost one in four children receive some care from grandparents. And the...

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Raising Children to Love or Fear

By: Dr Justin CoulsonAre you raising children to love or fear you? Most parents have a deeper goal in mind for their children than mindless obedience.“I’m in my 40’s and I’m still afraid of my old man.”The comment came from a wiry, sun-tanned farmer sporting a fresh...

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Helping Our Children Through Dark, Difficult Days

By: Dr Justin CoulsonDear Dr Justin, my husband has tried to take his own life twice in the past six weeks. He is now in hospital receiving care but I’ve just told the kids he’s dealing with some emotional problems and needs special help.My eldest (11) is not talking, is acting...

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How to Banish Screens and Make Mealtimes Matter

By: Dr Justin CoulsonMeal time matters. It’s a widely acknowledged fact. Researchers have found that families that eat their meals together have children who are 35% less likely to engage in disordered eating, 24% more likely to eat healthier foods and 12% less likely to be overweight.Family...

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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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