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Karen Phillip
Karen Phillip is a Family Counselor & Therapist working with diverse family situations. She works with couples with relationship and communication problems and many families who experience behavioral problems with their young children. As a counselor, a mother and stepmother, Karen understands the reality of parenting. She wrote” Who Runs Your House, the kids or you?,” and she assists parents to guide their children’s behavior without anger or conflict, allowing the children to clearly understand their boundaries and follow the house rules to avoid consequences or privilege loss. She is the Family Therapist Expert on the TODAY Show and appears on The Grill each weekend.

Stepfamily – is it time to rethink the ‘Wicked Stepmother’ myth? 

Stepfamily – is it time to rethink the ‘Wicked Stepmother’ myth? 

Stepfamilies comprise one of the largest and fastest growing demographic groups in Australia, with research suggesting that one in every four families is a stepfamily. The negotiation required to make a newly formed stepfamily work successfully is complex, and if done correctly it can assist the new family to thrive. The issues within a stepfamily are vexed and varied.  Parenting styles, methods of discipline, eating habits and even bedtime routines can cause problems, particularly if they differ from the stepchild’s biological parent’s routines. National Stepfamily Awareness Day is a great opportunity to highlight and recognise the challenges inherent in stepfamilies.  ...

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Men’s Health Week focuses on physical health, but what about our men’s emotional health?

Men’s Health Week focuses on physical health, but what about our men’s emotional health?

With the focus of this year’s Men’s Health Week on promoting boys’ and men’s health, experts agree that whilst being fit and healthy in a physical sense is important, emotional issues are taking its toll, particularly on Aussie men. Sadly, society has built an expectation among men where they feel they should be able to manage and deal with any life issues that arise, no matter how daunting. They often don’t talk about their concerns with partners, mates or professionals, seeing it somehow as less than ‘manly’ to discuss their challenges. Research indicates: The key pressures for men include changes ...

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Supporting the strong willed child – our future leaders

Supporting the strong willed child – our future leaders

About the strong willed and defiant child A strong willed child is a child who challenges the rules where a defiant child seems to have difficulty with any authority over them. A strong willed child can be enticed or persuaded to follow the set rules and at times, these children may require a gentle push. A defiant child however will react against a direction if they do not wish to do something and do not always care about the consequence. They see things as black or white and react badly if they feel you are trying to control them or ...

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