Moving? How to Help Your Child Settle into a New School

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Dear Justin, I’ve been offered a promotion at work, which is great for the family – or at least it’s great for me and our income. Unfortunately it means a big move for my two boys (ages 7 and 10). They are both nervous about the move but especially about starting a new school. How can I help them settle in easily? Read more

What a Little Girl Named Phoebe Can Tell Us About Ourselves

By: Sheridan Voysey

Call me a slow learner, but it’s only recently that I’ve come to realise what a miracle conception is. One sperm out of millions meets one egg out of thousands to produce us. And before that, our parents. And before that, their parents.
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Has Cyberbullying Affected You? Expert Advice for Teens and Parents

By: Clare Bruce

More than half of all Australia’s young people have experienced cyberbullying – that’s bullying using the web, smartphones or social media – and parents are being urged to become more aware. Read more

How To Stop Yelling

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Dear Dr Justin

I have been reading a lot about how yelling isn’t good for my kids, but I can’t seem to get them to listen if I don’t raise my voice! Any suggestions on how I can stop yelling?

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Backyard BBQ calling but work is getting in the way? Let’s find our balance.

 

By: Robert Garrett

Take a bow Australia. According to a 2018 study of 21 OECD countries, Australian parents are world leaders when it comes to spending time with their children. The average Aussie parents spend 4 hours a day with their kids, far more than parents in other parts of the developed world.
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Anxious Motherhood: My Ducks Were In A Row

By: Samantha Freestone

I knew it in my gut I wanted to be a mum. In fact, pre-kids I used to say I wanted five children!

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Screen Time and Our Teens’ Mental Health Crisis

By: Dr Justin Coulson

In a 2018 survey half of the parents questioned believed that smart phone usage negatively affected their child’s mental health. And nearly half thought their child was actually addicted to the device.

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Planning a Trip? 6 Strategies When Leaving Your Children

By: Jenny Baxter

Heading away for a holiday or trip, and leaving your children with friends or family? Sounds exciting! But it’s good to be aware there may be long-term outcomes, even with your very best intentions. This blog explains some of the strategies you can use to ensure your children manage the separation with as few adverse effects as possible.

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Six Ways To Be The Best Parent You Can Be

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Think of the times that your parenting has been its best. Those times where you were unconditionally there for your child and it felt “right”.

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What Teens Can Learn From Making A Phone Call Instead Of Texting

By: Robert Garrett

“Just pick up the phone and call them!”  I say to my teenagers. They’ve texted one or more of their friends to make plans, and all other activity is suspended as they wait impatiently for a response. It seems they would rather endure the frustration of waiting than having a verbal conversation with a friend.
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