What to Do When Your Teen is Caught ‘Sexting’

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Dear Dr Justin,

I have a teenage daughter who has been sending inappropriate photos to boys, and one has been shared around amongst her peer group. We’ve raised her to know that’s wrong, but she still doesn’t seem to get it. What should we do?

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Teach Your Kids Self-Awareness

By: Jenny Baxter

How to teach your kids self-awareness so they understand themselves better, and know the impact they are having on others.

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How can I help my child be resilient?

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Today’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 child’s path to success, so they don’t have to encounter failure, frustration or lost opportunities’. Read more

Hey ABC: Church Dads Have Been “Woke” For Years

By: Stephen McAlpine

So Aussie dads are getting “woke”. Well, according to an article on the ABC website, they are.

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Navigating Your Teen’s Quest For Independence

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Dear Dr Justin,

My daughter started high school and already there are parties and outings organised where no parents are allowed. She’s only 12 and I think too young to go unsupervised. Am I being unfair?

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It Takes A Village… But The Village Is Sick

By: Dr Justin Coulson

In recent weeks, to surprisingly little fanfare, the Morrison Federal Government has announced a new Children’s Mental Health Strategy.

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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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