About Dr Justin Coulson

In my late 20’s I left a flourishing radio career and returned to school looking for answers to a new challenge I faced. My parenting experience with a three year-old and an infant left me feeling inadequate. I had no idea how to be the dad I wanted to be. I spent four years studying psychological science, hoping for answers. I graduated with first class honours, and an insatiable desire for more answers. My studies – and my passion for parenting – consumed me. It took another four years to complete a PhD. I researched how parents see their role, and how their perceptions were associated with their own happiness and meaning in life, and that of their children. (You can read my published peer-reviewed articles here and here.) After more than four years as a university lecturer and researcher, I began full-time writing and speaking about parenting.

What Dads Do

By |2017-09-07T00:17:53+10:00February 18th, 2014|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Father's Day is nearly here! In Australia it is anyway. For many children - and lots of dads - this is a day of celebration. Homemade cards will reassure fathers that they are the best dad in the world. New socks and ties will be unwrapped, breakfast will be in bed (burnt and/or soggy), and

Tough Love

By |2019-05-10T11:14:36+10:00May 7th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

 A parenting special by Dr Justin Coulson. Self-control is the ability to say “no” when you really want to say “yes”, or to say “yes” when you’d prefer to say “no”! Self-control is delaying gratification and controlling our impulses. A classic experiment on self-control In 1972 one of the most iconic, well-known psychology experiments of all

Emotional Availability

By |2017-09-06T06:03:30+10:00March 7th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The most valuable investment we can make for our children’s development is one that we often overlook because of its simplicity. Attention is the Currency of Relationships Parents consistently assure me that they want ‘the best’ for their children. They invest time and money in education, enrichment, and extra-curricular activities to give their children every