I’m a parent… and I admit that I find parenting incredibly challenging.
That’s how I got here.
Like some people, I struggle with my priorities. Family first… right?
Sometimes it seems that my work or other interests matter more than my wife and kids.
Despite still not being the perfect husband and father, I am absolutely passionate about learning to be the kind of parent my six children need me to be. And I’m just as passionate about sharing the science, the skills, and the heart that connect and strengthen families.
What got me started?
In my late 20’s I left a flourishing radio career and returned to school looking for answers to a new challenge I faced. My parenting experience with a three year-old and an infant left me feeling inadequate. I had no idea how to be the dad I wanted to be.
I spent four years studying psychological science, hoping for answers. I graduated with first class honours, and an insatiable desire for more answers.
My studies—and my passion for parenting—consumed me. It took another four years to complete a PhD. I researched how parents see their role, and how their perceptions were associated with their own happiness and meaning in life, and that of their children. (You can read my published peer-reviewed articles here and here.) After more than four years as a university lecturer and researcher, I began full-time writing and speaking about parenting.
What I do now
For close to a decade I’ve presented workshops to thousands of parents, and coached hundreds to be better parents.
It’s my life.
My first book, What Your Child Needs From You: Creating a Connected Family, summarises the most important parenting principles any parent can practice.
My bread and butter is speaking. I speak at schools, businesses, churches, libraries, and more. I speak to parents from every walk of life. And I help them make their families happier.
I love helping as well. I’ve acted as an advisor to the McAfee/Life Education bCyberwise program, which reaches as many as 100 000 school kids annually. I’ve also advised the Alannah and Madeline Foundation in the creation of their e-smart homes licencing system for cybersafety. And I have been a reviewer of content for the Australian Government’s Raising Children Network.
Media and PR
I talk about parenting a lot in the media.
I’m the parenting expert for Mornings on 9, and appear regularly on the TODAY show, and The Project. I’ve appeared on The Morning Show on 7, Channel 7’s Daily Edition, and loads of radio stations including Southern Cross Austereo and Brisbane’s 96.5 Family FM..
I’m an opinion writer (about parenting) for The Daily Telegraph, and write a weekly advice column in the Saturday Daily Telegraph. I am the parenting expert for Australia’s biggest parenting website, kidspot.com.au. And my other writing has been featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, Psychology Today, and blogs, magazines, and news articles around Australia.
Justin — the Human
Away from work I’m a husband to a wife I cherish. We have six daughters who give me endless opportunities to practice what I preach, and who I can’t cuddle enough. I’m a cycling fanatic, a Sunday morning church-goer, an avid reader, and a Type A guy who is trying hard to relax a little more.