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Delaying Sex in the Teen Years – It’s Good But Not For The Reasons You Think

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Do you remember how sex-obsessed you were as a teen? Or your friends? Even if you weren’t doing it, chances are you were talking about it, asking about it, and thinking about it. Read more

Having the ‘Hard’ Conversation With Your Teens about Alcohol

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Setting boundaries with our kids can be tough. Once they become teens, it gets even tougher. And boundaries related to alcohol consumption can be some of the most challenging of all. Read more

Am I Not Pretty Enough? When Your Child Has Body Image Insecurities

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Body image issues are common in children. Here are three things you can do starting today to help ANY child who is experiencing concerns about their appearance. Read more

How to Deal With Child to Parent Aggression

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Aggressive behaviour by a child towards a parent is one of the least studied areas of domestic violence. This is due in large part because parents are reluctant to admit that it happens. Many parents feel embarrassed, confused and even responsible for their child’s actions. Read more

7 Tips to Tackle Fussy Eating in Toddlers

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Danielle and Jason are MasterChef fans, and feel like they have gotten in touch with their inner ‘foodie’. Their three year-old son, Jonah, does not share his parent’s enthusiasm for culinary sensations, picks at dinner, and avoids certain foods. His behaviour classifies the toddler as a ‘fussy eater’. Read more

How to Teach Your Children Empathy – and Why It Matters

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Every few days the news readers tell us another story (or five) that reminds us how terribly badly some people in our society treat others. (I’ve stopped watching the news, but that’s another story entirely.) Read more

Mental Health Consequences of Hard Border Closures on FIFO Children

By: Dr Justin Coulson

In March 2020 Western Australia shut its borders. While there may be well-meaning policies behind the border closures, there’s no escaping the fact that this decision has irrevocably changed people’s lives – especially for fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) families. Read more

Helping Children Face Their Fears

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Doubt and fear seem to be intrinsically woven into the hearts of some children. Their worries and anxieties cause them to shrink, lean out, and avoid. Sometimes, as parents, we fail to recognise that fear responses are normal, healthy, and to be expected. Read more

Why a Teenager’s Brain is Like a Ferrari with Bicycle Brakes

By: Dr Justin Coulson

Why do adolescents take risks – a lot? It’s almost like they feel they’re immortal. Adolescents are impulsive. They seek constant stimulation. They don’t weigh risks before they dive headlong into situations. Read more

Six Science-Backed Benefits of Gratitude

By: Dr Justin Coulson

There is a mountain of scientifically-backed reasons showing that being grateful is really, really good for us. Read more