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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
    • 4.9 • 134 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.

    #1000 Reflecting on 1000 Episodes!

    #1000 Reflecting on 1000 Episodes!

    Reflecting on 1000 episodes of Australia’s leading parenting podcast, we cover the highs and the lows of family life, from farewells to celebrations and everything in-between.

    Today’s episode is a celebration of Kylie's big heart, Justin's big brain, the best of some really bad jokes, and of course, you, our wonderful listeners—our Happy Families family!

    (With a special appearance from Hamish Blake!)

     

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    #282 Better Together
    #562 The Pursuit of Happiness
    #853 Developing Yourself or Finding Yourself?
    10 Things Every Parent Needs To Know - Happy Families

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    • 13 min
    #999 When Dad Isn't There & School Bus Stress

    #999 When Dad Isn't There & School Bus Stress

    Anonymous asks, "My 3-year-old is asking questions about his absent father. How do I answer in a way that supports my young son's mental health and self-esteem?". Justin gives examples of a healthy and developmentally appropriate response to this difficult situation in a way that honours the father, supports the child, and also advocates for our anonymous listener.

    Lisa, from Canada, is concerned that catching the school bus will potentially expose her 11-year-old daughter to explicit material. Justin shares some suggestions that will help every parent safely lead their child along the path to independence.

    In this episode:


    Single parent
    Absent father
    Mental health 
    Answering sensitive questions age appropriately
    Honesty and transparency
    Children need to feel safe, secure, loved
    Building independence, confidence & self-efficacy
    Cocooning, pre-arming, deference
    The Three E's (Explore, Explain, Empower)

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    How Do I Support My Daughter Now That I'm Divorcing? - Happy Families
    Pornography Is The New Public Health Crisis - Happy Families
    #898 Porn-Proofing Your Kids, with Kristen Jenson
    Creating Confident Kids - Happy Families
    Navigating Your Teen's Quest For Independence - Happy Families

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    • 13 min
    #998 Social Media Shutdown

    #998 Social Media Shutdown

    There is a growing movement to commit to giving our primary-aged children unplugged childhoods! Dr Justin shares four things you can do NOW to give your children a play-based childhood, free from digital distractions and social media. 

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    In this episode:


    How would an enforcement even work?
    Censorship
    Age-verification for social media
    Importance of holding platforms accountable
    A movement to keep smartphones and social media out of primary school
    Unplugged childhood
    Kids need smart parents not smart phones

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    Tech Giants Are Anti-Kids - Happy Families
    #991 This Week In Parenting: Vape Zones, Baby Bans, & Nicotine Pouches
    How Do I Get My Daughter To Drop Social Media And Study For Exams? - Happy Families
    Social media has the “exact same negative effect on depression” as eating potatoes | Quartz

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    • 16 min
    #997 A Dog's Life

    #997 A Dog's Life

    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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    5 Ways to Promote Happiness in Your Family - Happy Families
    Enough: Overcoming Anxiety, Perfectionism, & Self Loathing - Happy Families
    Family Traditions Help Kids Make Sense of Life - Happy Families
    Miss-Connection | 7 Day Connection Challenge

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    • 11 min
    #996 From the Doctor's Desk - Weight Stigma & Baby Language

    #996 From the Doctor's Desk - Weight Stigma & Baby Language

    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 very foundation of what Dr Justin teaches in The Parenting Revolution! 

    In this episode:


    Teasing children about weight increases risk of self-stigma as adults, study finds | The Guardian
    Weight stigma - what is it?
    Internalised incompetence and low sense of self-worth
    Babies’ cries alone don’t convey what they want | The British Psychological Society
    Dunstan Baby Language

    The secret to getting your teen to listen to you | The British Psychological Society


    Autonomy support
    Unsolicited advice from parents
    How to talk to teens about hard stuff

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    9 Strategies for Soothing A Crying Baby - Happy Families
    #957 Diet Free Families with Meg McClintock - Happy Families
    5 Ways To Nurture Positive Relationships With Food and Body For Your Kids - Happy Families
    The Parenting Revolution (The Course) Normally $149, FREE when you purchase The Parenting Revolution [The Book]

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    • 13 min
    #995 Why Ratings Matter With Liz Handsley

    #995 Why Ratings Matter With Liz Handsley

    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 to minimise the risk that our children will be exposed to inappropriate content. 

    In this episode:


    Children and Media Australia - supporting children and families to thrive in the expanding world of screen media
    Ratings and classifications
    Movies, apps, games,
    Inquiry into the Australian Classification Scheme
    Aged-based and research-based information
    Dose-response relationship to media
    Children become desensitised to content

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    Movies and Kids: When Is It Ok For Them To Watch That? - Happy Families
    Everyone Else Can Do It! Why Can't I? - Happy Families
    Common Sense Media - Age-Based Media Reviews For Families

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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

Degrawke ,

Best parenting podcast out there!

My sister, Julie, introduced me to this amazing podcast a couple years ago. I wish I’d had this information 20 Years earlier! I’m currently a mom of 6 who is also studying Marriage and the Family at Uni… and can attest to the fact that this podcast is academically backed by so much research. It’s presented so succinctly… the “Cliff Notes” for the “Time poor parent”. So good!!!

jennymalanbarton ,

Love it

Thank you for a great podcast

3 Boys Mama ❤️ ,

A breath of fresh air!

Parenting is so hard, and everything I’ve ever heard from this lovely couple has been golden! They are real people who do real things and they share the good and the not-so-good. They make parenting feel so doable! Plus, their accents are just fun to listen to. Listen and you won’t regret it!

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