537 episodes

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.

Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families Dr Justin Coulson

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

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.

    #537 Holiday Highlight - Dr Amantha Imber

    #537 Holiday Highlight - Dr Amantha Imber

    Highlights from episode - #379 How I Work with Amantha Imber

    Purchase Tweens, Teens & Screens or find it in your Happy Families Membership - Because a happy family doesn't just happen.
    Find us on Facebook at Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families
    Email us your questions and comments at podcasts@happyfamilies.com.au

    • 5 min
    #536 I'll Do Better Tomorrow

    #536 I'll Do Better Tomorrow

    Justin & Kylie reflect on their week and determine what they can do better next time

    Topics discussed in today's podcast:

    We hear some listener responses from the smacking episode


    Justin references the book Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaleen Doucleff


    Justin shares an experience where he asked his daughters to help with a task

    Lilli finally gets to watch "She's The Man"




    Purchase Dadding Done Right or find it in your Happy Families Membership - Because a happy family doesn't just happen.
    Find us on Facebook at Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families
    Email us your questions and comments at podcasts@happyfamilies.com.au

    • 18 min
    #535 June Book Club & Book Reviews

    #535 June Book Club & Book Reviews

    *Mature themes included in this podcast*

    Topics discussed in today's podcast:

    Justin & Kylie share their list of favourite books they're reading at the moment

    Kylie's top 5


    Untamed by Glennon Doyle

    Come As You Are by Emily Nagosaki

    Atomic Habits by James Clear

    The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute

    The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

    Justin's favs

    She Comes First by Ian Kerner

    Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaleen Doucleff


    Purchase Teaching Kids Kindness or find it in your Happy Families Membership - Because a happy family doesn't just happen.
    Find us on Facebook at Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families
    Email us your questions and comments at podcasts@happyfamilies.com.au

    • 20 min
    #534 Parental Burnout With Dr Kate Gawlik

    #534 Parental Burnout With Dr Kate Gawlik

    How parents are coping post Covid

    Topics discussed in today's podcast:

    Study finds burnout among working parents resulted in more mental health concerns and punitive behavior toward kids

    Parent burnout

    Why women experience more burnout than men

    Cognitive load

    Additional needs of children and how that adds to parental burnout

    What are the solutions?

    The working parent burnout scale


    Find more about Dr Kate Gawlink
    Purchase The Screaming Spiral or find it in your Happy Families Membership - Because a happy family doesn't just happen.
    Find us on Facebook at Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families
    Email us your questions and comments at podcasts@happyfamilies.com.au

    • 19 min
    #533 Emotion Based School Avoidance aka School Refusal

    #533 Emotion Based School Avoidance aka School Refusal

    Why do kids refuse to go to school and how can we help them?

    Topics discussed in today's podcast:

    Why do children refuse to go to school?

    Emotion based school avoidance

    Problematic absenteeism

    1-2% of children experience school refusal

    What counts as school refusal?

    8 solutions

    The Secret to Magic Mornings? Put the Kids to Work

    School Refusal


    Purchase Pot, Pills & Parenting or find it in your Happy Families Membership - Because a happy family doesn't just happen.
    Find us on Facebook at Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families
    Email us your questions and comments at podcasts@happyfamilies.com.au

    • 18 min
    #532 Australia, We Have a Smacking Problem

    #532 Australia, We Have a Smacking Problem

    Susie O'Brien has just written an explosive article for the Herald Sun in Victoria about smacking and corporal punishment, and how it should be outlawed.
    Its attracted a lot of media attention following the revelation that 6 in 10 young Australians had been smacked repeatedly by their parents, and that those 6 are nearly twice as likely to develop anxiety and depression as teens and adults.
    You can read Justin's 'I Turned Out Fine' article for the New York Times here.
    Find us on Facebook at Dr Justin Coulson's Happy Families
    Email us your questions and comments at podcasts@happyfamilies.com.au

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Ha11Juliette ,

The best way to spend 15 mins!

Brilliant advice, ideas and often just reassurance.

Emwozz ,

Wanted this to help, just made me fell worse about my parenting failures.

Maybe I haven’t given this podcast long enough, but I tried to get through 2 podcasts before I had to turn it off because it just emphasised how I was failing as a parent and made me feel worse. I would suggest that this podcast isn’t hosted by a person who has an idea how boys operate. All good I’m sure with girls who are very willing to sit and write in a diary everyday but boys are very different. No amount of coxing to write gratitude lists would be beneficial, I can’t even suggest he writes his name in a greetings card before a meltdown would shortly follow as a result never mind trying to get him to sit every day and write what he’s grateful for on top of homework that is a battle in itself etc. Talking about it is much the same. Where do I go from here? I tried to persevere but it just constantly goes on about gratitude and was making me feel like a total failure so I had to stop listening. Not helpful.

Pollywollyb89 ,

Excellent advice!

Dr Justin gives excellent advice.these podcasts are well worth a listen, and free! Amazing help, will change your family’s life!

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