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Divorce, be the parent that your child needs

Divorce, be the parent that your child needs

Are you the parent your child needs or just the one they received? How to support your children during divorce. Every 30 minutes an Australian child experiences the divorce or separation of their family.  Australian research (1) consistently shows us that these children are at risk of harm.  It is is not the divorce itself that harms the children, rather the conflict that can go on for years and years afterwards which can ensure that many of these children never achieve their full potential. The breakdown of a significant relationship is one of the most difficult grief events any of ...

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6 discipline mistakes parents make

6 discipline mistakes parents make

Disciplining kids is one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. While the term discipline is associated with punishment and consequences, the word is actually rooted more on imparting knowledge, habit and skill. There are many approaches to disciplining children and each parent has their own methods that vary from another parent.  There is no foolproof way to parent but, according to experts, there are common discipline mistakes that parents need to avoid: 1.   Being overly harsh or negative Avoid bombarding your child with ‘no’ and ‘stop’ and ‘that’s bad!’ Moderate restrictive behavior with constructive responses that will tell your child ...

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How I can become an even better dad?

How I can become an even better dad?

  Changes I’m making this Father’s Day to make the next 365 days count This Sunday will be my third Father’s Day as a dad. Normally on Father’s Day it’s time for our kids to thank us (the dads) for being such great fathers. It is always good to be recognised and appreciated for all the hard work we do. It’s all very nice, but I think there is another way to approach Father’s Day, which is so much more powerful.   I think you could ask yourself 2 key questions: 1. How good a dad am I really? 2. ...

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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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Travel with kids on a plane – how to cope

Travel with kids on a plane – how to cope

Travelling without kids When I was in my twenties, my pet hate was having to hear kids screaming and throwing tantrums. The worst was when you were on a flight somewhere and you had to listen to a kid cry the entire way. I mean what was that parent doing? Just ignoring their child? Why wouldn’t they just make it stop?   Fast-forward ten years… Now I am that parent with the screaming children. The argumentative, rude and uncontrollable little kids that everyone is shaking their heads at are mine. It is just the worst. A confined space that you ...

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