“If you do what I ask you to, you’ll get a gold star on the reward chart.”
“No treats until you’ve done your job.”
“We’re not going to the park if you won’t do what you’re told!” Continue reading “Channelling the Inner Batman”
Dear Dr Justin,
My children don’t do anything they’re told. I’ve tried everything. I withdraw privileges and use time out and even smacking them won’t work with them. I’m tired of yelling. Nothing works no matter what I do to them. I’m seriously over it. I have a girl whose 3, a boy whose 8, and a girl who is 11. Continue reading “What Your Kids Need When They Don’t Do What They’re Asked”
The latest research from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) tells us that most Aussie kids (around two-thirds) are using their screens significantly more than expert guidelines suggest is healthy. Continue reading “5 Ways to Set Screen Time Limits With Your Children”
Do you lose your cool with your kids? Do you feel like you’re constantly yelling?
In this week’s podcast episode I share my top 4 tips for keeping our anger in check, staying calm and being kind to our children (even when we think they don’t deserve it). Continue reading “How to Turn Your Anger Around”
When it comes to discipline, there are two schools of thought.
Some parents think discipline is about punishment. They believe the best way to teach children to learn the lessons of life is to hurt them. They use time-out, they withdraw privileges, they ground their kids, and in many cases they even hit them. Continue reading “How to Teach Your Child to Think About Others”
Many experts view pornography as a public health crisis, especially because of the way that it impacts children and young people. According to the UK Office of the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically… porn is everywhere.” Their analysis of research into the impact of pornography on children was conducted in 2013, and confirms several concerning things: Continue reading “7 Strategies for When Your Child Accidentally Finds Pornography”
Have you read The Barefoot Investor? It was the number 1 non-fiction book in Australia last year – all about finance. In his introduction to the book Scott Pape, the author, describes the day his family lost their Victorian bushland home to a fire. As they surveyed the damage, he said his first thought was: “I’ve got this.” He knew that despite the drama, he had his financial security sorted and could get his family through. Continue reading “We’re All Just Making It Up As We Go Along (Even This ‘Parenting Expert’)”
I don’t remember who said it first but the best way to stop sibling rivalry and sibling squabbles is… to not have siblings.
Dear Dr Justin,
My husband and my 9 year-old son are constantly fighting. It’s little niggles here and there. But it is non stop. They are constantly talking past each other and he (my husband) has started getting really angry. How can we make things better between them? Continue reading “7 Ways to Really Listen so Your Child Shares More”
Dear Dr Justin
My kids are in a lot of after-school activities. They swim and play a musical instrument each. Two of them do drama, and all three are in Saturday sport. My husband and I are arguing about how much is too much. It’s impacting on our time together as a family, and our budget. But the kids are tired and don’t seem to love much of what they’re doing even though they’ve chosen it. I want them to do less. My husband wants them to keep going and also wants to add maths tutoring. Is there any research to tell us what is right and wrong? When I was a kid, I played netball. That was it. I’d love some advice. My kids are 5, 7, and 10.