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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Stepping In With Other People’s Kids

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Dear Dr Justin,

My 15-year-old son was hanging out in his bedroom with one of his friends. When I walked by, I saw my son’s friend frantically trying to stash a packet of cigarettes into his bag! I was horrified, but since he isn’t my child, I wasn’t sure how or if I should intervene (I did talk to my son later). What should I have done?

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A Message to Mums of Premmie Babies, and Grieving Parents

By: Clare Bruce

When everything your family is going well, it can be easy in holidays and family celebrations, to forget that others are doing it tough.
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Ask Dr Justin – Should We Be Tracking Our Kids?

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Hi Dr Justin,

I worry – consistently – about my kids’ safety when they’re not at home. I’m thinking about getting them to use a location tracker so I know they’re safe. What do you recommend?

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Should We Be Giving Our Teens Alcohol?

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Many parents believe they are doing the right thing by giving their teenagers alcohol. And it does make some sense. Serving alcohol to our children in our homes is completely logical from our ‘grown-up’ perspective. Read more