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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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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

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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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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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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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

18 Ways to Increase Your Happiness

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Behavioural scientists have spent a lot of time studying ‘happiness’. They’ve discovered that being happy elevates our wellbeing, increases our life satisfaction and gives us better health and longevity. Read more