Dr Justin Coulson in Perth: 21 Days to a Happier FamilyA popular Aussie doctor shares his thoughts on how to achieve a happier family.
Popular Aussie psychologist Dr Justin Coulson PhD
was in Perth recently delivering a series of seminars and sharing his thoughts on the theme of '21 Days to a Happier Family'. I was lucky enough to see him present a free evening seminar at Ace Cinema, Midland, which was organised by the not for profit family support service, Community Link and Network (CLAN) Midland.
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Midland Gate Shopping Centre, we enjoyed free drinks and popcorn on arrival too!
21 Days to a Happier Family is Justin Coulson's popular book
Dr Justin Coulson is a father of six (!!) girls, and the former radio announcer has a confident and approachable style which made the evening really enjoyable. He engaged with the audience, set short tasks that enabled everyone to engage with their neighbour and took many audience comments and contributions in his stride. Despite his PhD in positive psychology and sparkling resume packed with many TV and media credits, he wasn’t afraid to share some of his personal parenting fails and heartwarming stories of his ordinary family life. “I’ve screwed up as much as anyone in the room,” was one of his many frank admissions.
The seminar included a free bookmark!
Despite saying that family is the most important thing in our lives, very few of us have a 'plan' for it. We think that family should look like the perfect family photos in the media but Dr Coulson conceded that it rarely looks like this at all. Families are happiest when the parents are happy.
Research says that when we are unhappy, our kids are unhappy and blame themselves. The reverse is not true though…
Dr Coulson suggests that the pillars of a happy family are love, limits and laughter:
To a child, love is spelled T-I-M-E. Therefore they think that “hurry up” means “I don’t love you.”
HALTS - Hungry Angry Lonely Tired Stressed/Sick
When any of these factors are involved, kids are most likely to act up.
Principle of discipline (from age 2-3)
“Autonomy supportive parenting”
Whats your plan?
Top takeaways from the seminar
For further information about Dr Justin Coulson’s work and to purchase the book 21 Days to a Happier Family see Justin Coulson's website
[INTRO Popular Perth psychologist Dr Justin Coulson, himself a father of 6 girls, recently shared his thoughts on raising happier families.]
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