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Sleep Deprivation and Teens

By: Collett SmartThe Parenting Question this week is from Judy, on Sleep Deprivation: “How much sleep do our teens need?”It has been said that we have a chronically sleep deprived generation.Why are Our Teens Struggling with Sleep Deprivation? Back in 2006 the National Sleep...

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Attitude is Everything

By: Dr Justin CoulsonWhen my youngest daughter was around 18 months old we shared an experience that taught me a valuable lesson about how our attitude is everything.With six daughters, quiet Saturday afternoons are a rarity. But my eldest was at her part-time job, Kylie (my wife) was out with our...

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Resilience Amidst the Pandemic

By: McCrindleDespite the challenges that 2020 has presented, Australians are finding the silver lining and displaying the strength of the Aussie spirit that we are so proud of.According to our third phase of research exploring the impacts of COVID-19, almost nine in ten Australians (87%) agree...

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How to Maintain Momentum by Pruning Your Practices

By: Michael McQueen One of the most valuable lessons this year has taught us is that the life we were living pre-COVID isn’t necessarily the one we are seeking post-COVID. Though we have been longing for life to get ‘back to normal’ since the pandemic hit, there are many parts of...

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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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