How to Stop Telling and Yelling, and How to Connect With Your Teen

By: Dr Justin Coulson

‘Get up!’

‘Hurry up! It’s time to go.’

‘Do your homework now. You should have done it already!’

‘You will study tonight.’

Nobody likes to be told what to do. It gets our back up and makes us resistant to what’s being asked. Read more

Ten Things I Want My Tween Son to Know


By: Jennie Scott

OK, son. You’re in that weird stage right now where you’re technically not a teenager yet, but you’re not a little kid anymore, either. I know it’s super strange. Your body is changing, your voice is sounding different, and your brain is struggling to keep up. Read more

The Art of Parenting: Knowing When to Step In, and When to Step Out

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Many of our children don’t like to admit this – and if they’re reading this article, they’ll say it’s not true – but until at least the age of 16, our children need us to be actively involved in a good portion of their lives. Read more

Dads & Their Teenage Daughters

By: Robert Garrett

From the day our daughter was born, she’s always held a special place in my heart. From my experience talking to dads and reading numerous parenting books, there’s nothing unusual about that. Read more

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 Lieberman Read more

Forget ‘Overscheduling’ versus ‘Boredom’ – Self-Direction is the Key to School Holidays.

By: Dr Justin Coulson

The long days of school holidays can be challenging for families. Work commitments keep parents out of the home and away from their children. And if they’re lucky enough to have time off, children complain about how ‘bored’ they are.

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To the Mum Who Thought She’d Be Better at Mothering

By: Jennie Scott

When I was a little girl, all I wanted to be was a mother. Sure, I played around with being a marine biologist (who knew you had to be good at science?!), and I would teach school to my dolls and stuffed animals. Read more

Are Your Kids ‘Fun’? It Matters.

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Fun kids are laughing, playing and generally having a good time on the playground. But they’re also building skills that will lead to better relationships. Read more

17 Tips If You’re an Overtired Mother to Get Your Mojo Back!

By: Jenny Baxter

Overtiredness. It sucks the life out of every mother, every so often. The busy-ness all adds up, and one day you wake up thinking you can’t move a muscle. Read more

What the Final Class of 2020 Needs from You Right Now

By: Collett Smart

It’s been a strange year for all students, but none more so than those in their final year of school. Read more