Recommended Reading

Born to Move- Sally Goddard Blythe

This book with 2 CDs is a collection of songs, action nursery rhymes and stories that assist child development through movement. Sally Goddard Blythe explains why movement matters for brain development, attention, co-ordination and balance. She also describes the neonatal reflexes and how healthy early years movement transforms such reflexes. Michael Lazarev’s songs help develop co-ordination and language skills.

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

We give up too easily. With a simple change of attitude, what seem like insurmountable obstacles become once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Ryan Holiday, who dropped out of college at nineteen to serve as an apprentice to bestselling ‘modern Machiavelli’ Robert Greene and is now a media consultant for billion-dollar brands, draws on the philosophy of the Stoics to guide you in every situation, showing that what blocks our path actually opens one that is new and better.

If the competition threatens you, it’s time to be fearless, to display your courage. An impossible deadline becomes a chance to show how dedicated you are. And as Ryan discovered as Director of Marketing for American Apparel, if your brand is generating controversy – it’s also potentially generating publicity.

The Stoic philosophy – that what is in the way, is the way – can be applied to any problem: it’s a formula invented more than 2,000 years ago, whose effectiveness has been proven in battles and board rooms ever since. From Barack Obama’s ability to overcome obstacles in his election races to the design of the iPhone, the stoic philosophy has helped its users become world-beaters.