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Why Your Kids Need a Tribe

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Everyone needs to be known by someone. Just one significant other.

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A Balanced Approach to Parenting

By: Dr Justin Coulson

I had a call from a journalist recently. She asked me, “Have you heard of Panda parenting? It’s kind of different to Tiger Parenting. It’s a bit more like Lawnmower or Snow Plough parenting. But it’s kind of different to helicopter parenting, and closer to free-range parenting.”

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Navigating Your Children’s Unequal Abilities

By: Dr Justin Coulson

It’s an objective fact: one of our children is always going to better than another child at any given activity. One child might be academically sharper.

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What to Say to Your Kids When They’re Going on Their First Date

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Australia doesn’t have much of a dating culture. Our kids aren’t usually asking someone on a date, going out as a couple, and then dating someone different next week.

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Dads: How To Stay Connected With Your Kids

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Even When You Don’t Live Together

Research is unequivocal. Dad matters. As long as he is safe towards his family,  the more a dad is present and involved in his children’s lives in a positive way, the better the outcomes for everyone. 

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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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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

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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R U OK Day – Having the conversation and what to do if the answer is ‘no’.

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Alex* was a popular kid. He seemed OK. He was good at sports, doing fine at school, and came from an affluent, strong family.

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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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