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What Does Your Child Look Like?

What Does Your Child Look Like?

Article by Justin Coulson. See his Happy families blog here or follow Justin’s twitter. If your children could see themselves through your eyes, what would they see? In a local park I recently overheard a conversation between two parents. “He’s such a terror!” “She’s a totally spoiled little brat.” “This child is driving me crazy.” It was an eye-opening moment, ... Read More »

Body Image: What Society Tells Girls They Should Look Like

Body Image: What Society Tells Girls They Should Look Like

Article by Justin Coulson. See his Happy families blog here or follow Justin’s twitter. I’m a father of daughters… five precious girls. Being a parenting researcher and writer gives me a lot of confidence in the way I raise my girls. But there is one thing that causes me more worry than anything else. It’s the way society tells girls ... Read More »

Why Your Children Should NOT be on Facebook

Why Your Children Should NOT be on Facebook

Article by Justin Coulson. See his Happy families blog here or follow Justin’s twitter.   In recent months my 11 year-old daughter has been endlessly begging, pleading, ‘dying’ to let me set her up with a facebook account. “Everyone has got one dad.” “They’re calling me names because you won’t let me have one.” Children should NOT be on facebook. ... Read More »

The Trouble With Time Out

The Trouble With Time Out

Article by Justin Coulson. See his Happy families blog here or follow Justin’s twitter. Overheard at a mother’s group earlier this week: “I keep putting my four year-old son in time out, but it doesn’t seem to work. Nothing changes!” One of the most popular “discipline” (that is, teaching) methods parents employ is the “time-out”. This typically consists of responding ... Read More »

Just Talk

Just Talk

It has been said by many people for many years that being a parent is the most difficult job a person could ever have. Although it is true in some respects, there are certainly areas of the parent-child relationship that can be eased through a common-sense approach to parenting. One of the most integral aspects of any relationship is communication. ... Read More »

Kids Sports

Kids Sports

Article by Justin Coulson. See his Happy families blog here or follow Justin’s twitter. In preparation for an interview with a newspaper, I have been reviewing some research about children’s involvement in sports, and how competition can affect their interest. Is competition bad for children? Should kids be fighting it out for competition points? And is it ok for there ... Read More »