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Risky play: Why it benefits children

Often our instincts will scream at us to get involved and stop our children from engaging in risky behaviours. But with the benefits of risky play to our child’s development being well documented, it is useful to understand appropriate risk.

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Parenting trends: What is a 'Yes Day'?

Handing control over to your children for an entire day might seem a strange choice. Made popular by Yes Day, a 2021 Netflix movie, a Yes Day (or even a Yes Hour for younger children) is a good way to help children test their limits and capabilities.

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Is there a right and wrong way to parent?

Research shows parenting style can impact a child’s self-esteem, social skills and ability to self-regulate and cope. The question is: Can the way you raise your children set them up to thrive in the world? Researchers think the answer is yes.

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7 tips for those tough parenting days

Some days are tough. Being a parent stretches us. We wish we could hand the children over to grandma (or kindy) and hide under the blanket watching Netflix. Popular parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson looks at ways to handle those difficult parenting days.

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Parenting mistakes: How to eat humble pie

Anyone who has raised a child knows parenting perfection is false. Humble pie doesn’t taste great, but it’s very good for our relationships with our little ones. Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia's most popular parenting experts, suggests 5 steps.

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Pufferfish parents: How to stop using threats

We puff ourselves up. We put on our angry face. We use our loud voice. And we threaten our children with dire consequences. One of Australia's most popular parenting experts Dr Justin Coulson looks at nine ways to stop using threats with your children.

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Dealing with big emotions in under fives

Your toddler is inconsolable one moment and all smiles the next, but it only takes a mix-up over their favourite red cup versus the blue cup to trigger tears or even a full on tantrum. How can parents help children learn to manage big feelings?

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Helping children face their fears

Life can be random. Because nothing really makes sense, our children are built to require security and predictability. Popular parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson looks at ways to reduce pressure and help children face their fears with confidence.

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