21 Days to a Happier Family

21 Days to a Happier Family

by Justin Coulson

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460705889
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 670,402
File size: 610 KB

About the Author

Dr Justin Coulson is the author of three bestselling family and parenting books: 21 Days to a Happier Family, 9 Ways to a Resilient Child and 10 Things Every Parent Needs to Know. He is also the author of What Your Child Needs From You: Creating a Connected Child and Relationship Rules. A regular contributor to the Today show, the Saturday Telegraph, and occasional contributor to the New York Times, Justin is a TEDx speaker, a senior associate at the Positive Psychology Institute, and an honorary fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Justin and his wife, Kylie, are the parents of six daughters, three of whom are teenagers.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

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


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

Endnotes 265

Acknowledgements 278

Index 280

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So helpful, just when it was needed most. Made an immediate, positive difference in our family.