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.


May 23, 2024 11 mins

Justin reads a personal letter aloud to his children, sharing insights into what life was like for him growing up. 

In this episode:

  • Sharing childhood memories with your kids
  • Pets
  • Give your child roots
  • Benefits to keeping a journal
  • Rituals of connection
  • To a child, love is spelled T.I.M.E


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Study 1: Is your child feeling unhappy, pressured, or teased about their weight? Navigating growing up in a society so focused on physical appearance is difficult, but there are practical steps parents can take to decrease the risk of internalised stigma and other challenges around weight.

Study 2: So, you think you can read a baby's cry? Think again! 

Study 3: The secret to getting your teen to listen to you can be found in the ...

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Most families have screens in their home, which means a steady stream of movies, TV shows, games, apps, and more! How can parents know what content is or isn't appropriate for our children, when ratings are so broad and arbitrary? 

In today's interview with Prof. Elizabeth Handsley, President of CMA, we explore why it is so hard for parents to navigate the current classification system, and share some helpful resources and advice ...

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May 20, 2024 15 mins

On Tuesdays, we answer listener questions about making your family happier!

Separation anxiety at school drop-off is a daily struggle for many families, including Kirsty and her 5-year-old son. Justin shares some helpful tips that will make saying goodbye easier for both the parent and child. 

Mum of 3, Michala, is dealing with constant sibling rivalry and conflict. Listen in for some important, ongoing conversations to have with...

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Andrew Tate's harmful ideology is infiltrating schools. Boys, broadly speaking, are big fans, and their behaviour in the classroom is reflecting this.

Dr Stephanie Westcott (researcher and lecturer in the School of Education, Culture, and Society at Monash University) shares her research on the experiences women are having in educational settings across Australia, looking at the influence of misogynistic ideology, how algorithms o...

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May 16, 2024 12 mins

Justin's singing turned complaints about dishes into a whole lot of fun, with sound levels hitting dangerous decibel levels!

Term 2 of homeschooling started off rather rocky for The Coulsons, but thinking outside the box created an opportunity for a reluctant writer to be creative and expressive in a new way!


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There's a brand new nicotine product out, so invisible you may not even be aware your child has it! Plus, the dangers of vaping, a nation-leading move by SA to protect our children from social media, and 118 reasons to be child-free. 

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Anne Hollonds was the opening speaker at the Breaking Point Digital Conference. On the podcast today you will hear an excerpt from Anne's presentation, discussing the mental health of young people around the country and what we can do to help them.

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May 13, 2024 13 mins

Today, Justin is answering two listeners' questions.

First up is Bridget from Victoria, a mum of two. Her question is about her five-year-old son, whose over-competitiveness and inability to handle losing are causing issues in the family and in his wider circle of friends.

Becky, a single mum from Melbourne, is looking for ways she can implement rules and boundaries that won't lead to anxiety-fuelled and explosive reactions from ...

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May 12, 2024 22 mins

Do you have a child who refuses to or is unable to go to school?

Sydney mum Alice joins Justin on the Happy Families podcast today to share the day-to-day pressure of trying to help a child get to school when emotions are high and nervous systems are in fight or flight mode. 

If you are deep in the trenches of ‘school can’t’, this is a not-to-be-missed conversation, with some beautiful advice and encouragement to parents who are ...

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May 9, 2024 12 mins

An encouragement to any parent feeling like they are stuck in a rut with a child determined to be horrible and difficult - there is hope! The relationship with your child changes as they age into adulthood and can become a delightful and close friendship.

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May 8, 2024 12 mins

Kylie is back, answering some quick-fire "Have you ever...?" questions about motherhood and family life. 

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How can parents ensure their children grow up to be respectful, kind, and considerate towards others?

This conversation with author and academic Richard Ryan examines the typical backgrounds of perpetrators of violence and aggression and gives practical advice to parents so they can meet their child's basic psychological needs of relatedness, autonomy, and competency.

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May 7, 2024 14 mins

Does a particular school really make for a “better” education? And how can parents prepare their children for the death of a much-loved grandparent?

In this episode:

  • City vs country schools
  • Resources, results and reputation
  • Fun, fit and philosophy 
  • Upheaval for families when moving
  • Developing new friendships and relationships
  • ...
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May 6, 2024 18 mins

Content warning: not for young ears.

“If you had to be in the forest with a man or a bear, which would you choose?”. How do we get to the point where we can answer without hesitation “a man!”?

In this episode:

  • Violence against women
  • Parents stepping up
  • Teaching morality
  • The 'No More' rallies
  • Influence of explicit pornography ...
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Judgement & criticism, punishing, provoking, and trying to “fix” a child—none of these are a parent’s job. They only serve to drive a wedge in relationships. Our job is to love our children. To set limits and have expectations—yes!—but to do so kindly. 


In this episode:

  • Shifting the paradigm
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Emotions go up, intelligence goes down
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If you are struggling to "keep the spark alive" with your loved one, you're not alone. Exhaustion, screen addiction, lack of time, resentment - all these issues (and more!) can lead to zero interest in nurturing intimacy. Today we share some surprising secrets to sustaining a strong sexual connection!

In this episode:

  • Reasons for having zero interest in intimacy 
  • Connection and friends...
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Justin shares four big ideas based on Jonathan Haidt's new book in the hope that it generates some constructive conversations with your kids at home:

  1. The key to building a resilient child,
  2. Getting comfy with our children experiencing a healthy level of discomfort in life,
  3. The impact of social media on the brain development of teens, and
  4. Looking at problematic use of or addiction to social media.

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April 30, 2024 15 mins

A listener wants to know how to help her friend, a single mum to an increasingly difficult 10-year-old boy. Plus, three things you can do to survive your child’s big and embarrassing public meltdown!

In this episode:

  • Single parenting
  • Supporting other parents
  • Aggressive child
  • Emotional regulation
  • Psychological help
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April 29, 2024 11 mins

Are you wanting to return to work but struggling to know what on Earth to write on your resume after years out of the workforce? Listen in for some ideas that will inspire and encourage mothers to confidently claim the skills, strengths, and unique value you possess and can offer the world! 

In this episode:

  • Cost-of-living increase
  • Returning to work
  • Motherhood
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