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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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Why You Should Let Go of Your Self-Esteem

By: Michael McQueenEverybody loves an ego boost. The word of encouragement from the colleague, the compliment from the spouse or the pat on the back from the boss work wonders for our sense of self-esteem. Self-esteem is a very modern idea and one that is talked about abundantly within schools,...

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3 Everyday Enemies of Your Tenacity

By: Michael McQueenMiriam is quick in the centre but loses heart. Joyce understands the game but could move a little quicker; Audrey places herself well but lacks height. I recently came across this extract from the sports notes section of the annual magazine from a girl’s school in the...

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When Friendships Go Wrong For Girls

By: Collett SmartWhen I worked as a school psychologist, for more than 10 years, some of the most common lunch time chats I had in my office were with one girl or a group of girls. Inevitably, because something had ‘gone wrong’ in their relationships. This resulted in some tears,...

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How can I help my child be resilient?

By: Dr Justin CoulsonToday’s parents are working overtime to help pave the way for their kids. The New York Times has dubbed them ‘snowplow’ or ‘lawn mower parents’ – ‘machines chugging ahead, clearing any obstacles in their...

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