21 DAYS TO A HAPPIER FAMILY draws on positive psychology to gives parents ways to make their family happier than ever, starting today!
'Parenthood can be a jungle, but Justin's advice and simple strategies will help you find that path back to sanity, stability and smiling kids.' - Lisa Wilkinson
Everyone wants their family to be happy, but so much gets in the way - work stress, commitments and our children's challenging behaviour are some of the usual suspects. Less obvious obstacles are our own habits and expectations, a reactive parenting style, and even a lack of clarity about what makes a family truly happy. As a result, families often seem fragmented, stressed and out of control.
Kidspot parenting expert Justin Coulson knows how to make families happier. In this book, he combines cutting-edge insights from positive psychology with classic psychological research to help parents identify and develop habits that will strengthen their family. In his trademark warm and empathic style Justin covers topics like finding the most effective parenting style for your child, getting relationships right and how that leads to effective discipline, using mindfulness in parenting, being emotionally available to your children - and so much more.
'Justin Coulson's compassionate and helpful advice helps me unravel my many parenting dilemmas' - Jessica Rowe
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Table of Contents
1 Step one to a happy family: setting your course 15
2 Step up your parenting style: going autonomy-supportive 25
3 Getting your parent-child relationship right 41
4 Being where your feet are 54
5 Being loving, being there 66
6 Developing an attitude of gratitude 79
7 Using hope to make your family happy 89
8 Creating strong family traditions 101
9 Routine matters 111
10 How parents become their children's enemy 121
11 Getting discipline right 132
12 NO YELLING HERE! 147
13 Seeing the world through their eyes 159
14 Making family meetings work 169
15 Getting involved - in a good way 179
16 Making it fun 192
17 Practising acceptance and making peace 206
18 Getting the screen-time balance right 220
19 Balancing 'me time' and 'we time' 231
20 Exploring the pathways to happiness 242
21 Savouring your time together 251
Conclusion: Creating your happy family 259
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