Everyone wants their family to be happy, but so much gets in the way - work stress, commitments and our children's challenging behaviour are some of the usual suspects. Less obvious obstacles are our own habits and expectations, a reactive parenting style, and even a lack of clarity about what makes a family truly happy. As a result, families often seem fragmented, stressed and out of control.
Kidspot parenting expert Justin Coulson knows how to make families happier. In this book, he combines cutting-edge insights from positive psychology with classic psychological research to help parents identify and develop habits that will strengthen their family. In his trademark warm and empathic style Justin covers topics like finding the most effective parenting style for your child, getting relationships right and how that leads to effective discipline, using mindfulness in parenting, being emotionally available to your children - and so much more.
About the Author
Justin Coulson had a successful career as a radio broadcaster: he was hanging out with music celebs - you could say he was living the dream. Then, when he and his wife started their family, Justin realised he didn't have a clue about how to parent. To learn how to be the kind of dad he wanted to be, Justin gave up radio for further ed, studying psychology and eventually earning a PhD. As well as his gig as parenting expert on the Kidspot website and in the Daily Telegraph, Justin gives talks to parents, teachers and professionals across Australia.
He now has six kids and lives with his family in Wollongong, NSW.
'Justin Coulson's compassionate and helpful advice helps me unravel my many parenting dilemmas' - Jessica Rowe
'Parenthood can be a jungle, but Justin's advice and simple strategies will help you find that path back to sanity, stability and smiling kids.' - Lisa Wilkinson