Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families

Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families

The Happy families podcast with Dr. Justin Coulson is designed for the time poor parent who just wants answers now. Every day Justin and his wife Kylie provide practical tips and a common sense approach to parenting that Mums and Dads all over the world are connecting with. Justin and Kylie have 6 daughters and they regularly share their experiences of managing a busy household filled with lots of challenges and plenty of happiness. For real and practicable advice from people who understand and appreciate the challenges of a time poor parent, listen to Justin and Kylie and help make your family happier.


April 21, 2024 19 mins

Roblox is incredibly popular with kids, bringing a very real challenge to parents today. We share 5 practical steps you can take to keep your child safe online when it is not practical or feasible to keep them offline.

In this episode:

  • Keeping gaming to a minimum
  • Roblox worries
  • Inappropriate content
  • Online predators
  • Parental G...
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After years of family holiday flops, ChatGPT planned a successful Coulson holiday. Plus, Kylie saves the day with a big dose of compassion.

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Content warning: violence, CSA + a spoiler alert for Bluey fans.

This week in parenting: how a family of dogs is teaching resilience, a sober warning to parents regarding children's online activity, and a fun look at celebrity parenting rules. 

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Warning: sensitive content

Pregnancy and infant loss are such important yet rarely discussed topics. Author Lellie Lopter emphasises the importance of creating a safe environment for these conversations to take place, as well as the need to include children in the healing journey.

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April 15, 2024 14 mins

Following the tragic attack in Bondi, our children need help processing such difficult news. There are things you can do and say to ensure your child feels safe and secure as they come to terms with what has happened.

Also, a mum of three asks "What should we do when our kids don't show us the respect that we would like?"

In this episode:

  • Having hard conversations
  • Honesty
  • Limiting exposure to news
  • Age-appropriate inform...
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April 14, 2024 14 mins

Digital influences, demographic shifts, and information overload: we explore the evolution of parenting from GenX through to Millennial parents. 

In this episode:

  • Digital infusion
  • Information overload
  • Parents under pressure
  • Changing dynamics of family life
  • Screen-based childhoods 
  • Present and engaged parents


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April 11, 2024 14 mins

The meltdown out of nowhere, an angry and aggressive child, the emotionally flooded teen - kids of all ages have BIG emotions, and experience emotional dysregulation!

Discover the tools and skills that will help you respond to your child with compassion and kindness - and build emotional awareness and regulation for you both.

Topics in this episode:

  • No Matter What
  • Emotion regulation 
  • The magic of Nature
  • Moving forward, ...
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April 10, 2024 13 mins

Is your child stressed out, apprehensive or just feeling like life is too hard? Does anxiety or perfectionism cause them to feel they are not enough?

All hope is not lost! Three ways you can BUILD HOPE in your child's life - helping them to do well and feel well as they experience the power of hope.

  • Research by Rick Snyder, Shane Lopez 
  • Science of Hope TikTok video series by @insearchofbobcat
  • Failure, anxiety, resilience
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Part 2 of Justin speaking with author & associate Professor Katie Davis about her new book

Topics discussed in this episode - 

  • Technology's Child by Katie Davis
  • Justin asks Katie some rapid fire questions about her own family life
  • Using technology to reinforce technology rules
  • Finding a balance
  • Video games aren't all bad
  • The impact of social media

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You CAN be a "good-enough" digital parent!

Two questions every parent needs to ask when choosing apps or games for their child PLUS learn how to guide your child's relationship with screens in the best direction - guilt free! (Replay)

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April 7, 2024 19 mins

Friendships are oxygen for girls! When a friendship sours, the mean girls arrive, or your daughter just can't find her tribe, life can be really hard. We share some powerful ideas to help your child navigate friend troubles - giving them options and building resilience.

Topics included in this episode -

  • The difference between boy & girl play
  • Boys use their bodies, girls use their words
  • Optionality equals resilience 
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Part 2 of a conversation on perfectionism with Professor Thomas Curran from the London School of Economics.

Rather than expecting perfection from your child try modelling making mistakes - embrace failure and setbacks when they arise. This (not perfectionism) is what leads to success!

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Professor Thomas Curran is (among many impressive titles) a 'perfectionist expert'. He unpacks the 'what, why, where, who, and how' of perfectionism in part 1 of this compelling discussion with Dr Justin Coulson. Part 2 of this conversation can be found here.

Today's conversation covers:

  • What is perfectionism?
  • The link between mental health challenges and perfectionism
  • Perfectionism in children - genetics or environmental...
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April 2, 2024 14 mins

Raising teenagers can be hard even at the best of times. Trying to support our teens when they are struggling can feel like a dead-end street.

Dr Jo Prendergast shares the most important thing you can do that will make a difference for your teen when life just sucks.

Topics in this episode:

  • When Life Sucks - Jo's new book
  • Parents and self-regulation
  • Emotions are contagious
  • Deep breathing
  • Being self-aware of your own tr...
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April 1, 2024 16 mins

Navigating the complexities of tween and teen friendships can be challenging, especially in the age of social media. Here are some insights and tips to help your child run towards wonderful friendships rather than living in fear of exclusion.

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March 31, 2024 12 mins

Every young person needs to have a close, significant adult to talk to when they experience challenges in life. Sadly, new research has revealed that far too many adolescents do not feel listened to and aren’t speaking to anyone when they’re worried.

Dr Katrina Lines (CEO of Act for Kids, and registered psychologist) shares some simple ways to connect with your child that will encourage them to share their problems with you.


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March 27, 2024 17 mins

Is it just me...or are sleepovers a really bad idea?

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March 26, 2024 28 mins

Dietician Meg McClintock on eating disorder prevention and the impact of poor body image on eating. Meg shares how parents can nurture positive relationship with food and body for your kids.

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March 25, 2024 18 mins

Teenage tantrums, defiance, and selfish behaviour can lead to chaos in families. 3 ways parents can help their troubled boys to “man up” as they edge closer to adulthood.

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March 24, 2024 15 mins

Not sure how to entertain your child in the holidays? Helpful tips for tired parents just wanting to survive the school break.

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