Justin Coulson

Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson is a parenting researcher and author. He is the father of five children and blogs at happyfamilies.com.au. Follow him on twitter @Happy_Families.

Justin’s new book “What your child needs from you: Creating a connected family” is due out in August 2012 from ACER Press.

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Secretive teens in more danger online

Secretive teens in more danger online

03 Jul 12 “Forbidden fruit” is powerfully alluring, especially for teenagers. Researchers have discovered that when children and adolescents are “forbidden” from drugs,…... Read more

Checking toddlers for mental illness is crazy

Checking toddlers for mental illness is crazy

12 Jun 12 From next year three year-old children will be screened for mental illness. GPs will screen kids for general physical issues…... Read more

NAPLAN? Na, not a great curriculum plan

NAPLAN? Na, not a great curriculum plan

14 May 12 NAPLAN testing is scheduled this week (from May 15 to 17) in schools around the country. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment,…... Read more

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From: Hasbro, go straight to gaol, do not pass go

Tim says:

They should update other things in the game too. Instead of a get out of jail free card, they should have a Dodgy Lawyer card that not only gets you out of jail straight away but also gives you a fat payout in compensation for daring to arrest you in the first place. Instead of getting a hotel when you… [read more]

From: A guide to summer festivals especially if you wouldn’t go

Kel says:

If you want a festival for older people or for families alike, get amongst the respectable punters at Bluesfest. A truly amazing festival experience to be had of ALL AGES. And all the young "festivalgoers" usually write themselves off on the first night, only to never hear from them again the rest of… [read more]

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Superman needs saving

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