Helping Our Kids Feel Good By Doing Good

By: Dr Justin Coulson

We all want our kids to feel good. Ice cream. Cake. Beach days. Playdates. These are all great for bringing joy. But typically, these good feelings don’t last. Once the ice cream is gone, or the playdate is over, our kids often lose the zest and pep they were feeling.

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The Case Against Boredom

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Recently there has been a groundswell of popular opinion extolling the value of letting our kids be bored. A recent New York Times article argued, ‘Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency.’

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What To Do When Your Child Lashes Out

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Dear Dr Justin,

My 9-year-old son lashes out at his younger siblings when they bother him and often ends up hurting them. He feels terrible afterwards, but he can’t seem to get his anger or his reactions under control. What should I do?

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HELP! My Kids Ask Me Too Many Questions!

By: Jenny Baxter

How many times have you thrown your hands up in frustration at the never-ending WHYs?

Recently a friend posted the following cry for help on Facebook. (You can see my answer further down)

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What to Do When Your Child Is Fearless!

By: Dr Justin Coulson

My childhood friend Joel was fearless.

When he was about six, Joel’s parents installed a balcony on the back of their pole home. For some reason, the builder couldn’t install the safety railing straight away. The fall from the balcony to the ground was at least 6 metres.

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How to Tell Your Friend What Their Teen Is Doing on Instagram

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Dear Dr Justin,

My husband and I have some family friends. Their daughter is friends with our daughter. I recently heard their daughter telling my daughter about her ‘private’ Instagram account. My daughter has told me that her friend is sharing sexual images, and images with alcohol and cigarettes on that account. Her parents (my friends) would be mortified. Do I tell them?

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What To Do When Your Child Lies To You

By: Dr Justin Coulson

You enter the kitchen. Your child looks at you like she’s hiding something. You see cake crumbs on the counter and the tips of her fingers.
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How to Strengthen the Moral Character of Our Kids Through Prayer

By: Brittany Ann

When we think about what we want for our kids, is there anything more important than building a strong moral foundation that will deepen and grow as they do? Read more

Pure Baby Bliss between Grandmas and Mothers?

By: Jan Murray

Our guest blogger this week is Jan Murray, reflecting on Grandmothers helping Mothers. Is it a case of pure baby bliss? Or is it a family melt-down?Well, at very least, let’s avoid the melt-down!

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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