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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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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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How to Let Go When Your Child Has To Go To The “Other” Parent

How to Let Go When Your Child Has To Go To The “Other” Parent

Whether it be a former spouse, the former spouse’s spouse, a grandparent or any other village people who fit into your child’s life, letting them go for a visit is not always easy, especially when they are small. I got divorced when my youngest daughter was less than a year old.  I was able to manage a business and household with calm (mostly) and grace (usually).  However, when my breasts had run dry and visitation became an option I turned into a literal crazy person. My brain went into overdrive and panic began to invade my body.  “He doesn’t know ...

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