Parenting


How To Keep Kids Motivated To Play Sport

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By: Dr Justin Coulson In some circles, junior sport has become a hotbed of competition and comparison. The push to “do your best” starts early. Kids want to win and they put pressure on themselves to beat their competitors. But often there is downward pressure from parents and even coaches (who, let’s face it, are often just enthusiastic parents themselves). (more…)

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Little Things That Make a Big Difference to the Mental Health of Young People

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By: Rachel Doherty Youth mental health is a big issue, but for parents, youth workers, families and friends, the little things you say and do can make the biggest difference. (more…)

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My Son Won’t Talk About His Day

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By: Dr Justin Coulson "Hi Dr Justin My son won’t talk when he comes home from school. I ask him how his day was and he just says, “Fine.” I ask him what he did and he says “Nothing”. I ask him who he spent time with and he shrugs or mentions a friend or two. That’s it. Why won’t he talk? Is he being bullied? How can I get him to open up? He’s 9 years old." (more…)

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Want to Raise World Changers? Do These Five Things

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By: Brittany Ann School shootings. Political unrest. Racism. Greed. Selfishness. (more…)

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When Is It Ok to Leave Your Child Home Alone?

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By: Dr Justin Coulson I was born in the 1970s, and raised in a lower-to-middle-class suburb. Mum and Dad ran their own business and they both worked long hours. This meant that when I was a kid, I let myself into the house every afternoon after school, and I was free to play anywhere in the neighbourhood until my parents returned home from work. I spent the afternoons riding my bike down to the park or to the shops with my best mate Andy. (more…)

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How to Raise Kids Who Read

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By: Dr Justin Coulson There’s a reason that experts make a big deal about telling parents to read to their children. Reading to kids (not using devices but using real books) is one of the best things we can do to help them develop positively. (more…)

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Does Your Teen Have HSC Exams? Try These Six Simple Tips

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By: Duncan Robinson Teenager: so you’ve started the HSC. You’ve had months of preparation to get to this point. It might be one of the largest and most challenging events that has happened in your life so far. (more…)

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Toddlers and Television

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By: Dr Justin Coulson I have written in this column – for years – that excessive screen time, including watching television, is not good for anyone, but is especially detrimental to children. A study published recently about the effects of television watching on toddlers makes this clearer than ever. (more…)

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Body & Cyber Safety: How to Pre-Arm and Protect Your Children

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By: Dr Justin Coulson In the past week I’ve been contacted by several parents. They’ve asked a number of questions, all along the same lines*: (more…)

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Fear and Anxiety in Children: What’s Normal, and What’s Not

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By: Focus On The Family In a young child’s world, so much is new and unfamiliar. When you consider a toddler’s inexperience, coupled with their limited reasoning skills, it’s easy to understand why a toddler might react in fear to a host of benign, everyday things. (more…)

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