Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special day for Mums everywhere. It’s an opportunity to get presents, brekkie in bed and a day together doing something fun with the kids. It’s also a time to foster in children the attributes of generosity and gratefulness. It’s a time to acknowledge everything mothers do. An occasion to say thank…

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Whose problem is it, anyway?

Early school aged children are invited to lots of birthday parties. It’s a time when firm friendships have not yet been made and often the entire class is invited to celebrate this exciting milestone. Whether it’s an expensive play centre event, a lavish party or a low-key backyard gathering, what do you do when the…

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What is a Family Report?

What is a Family Report? Section 62G(2) of the Family Law Act (1975) provides for the court to direct a family consultant to prepare a family report on matters the court deems relevant. But what does this mean? A Family Report is a document prepared by a court appointed psychologist or social worker (usually one…

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Blended and Step Families

The most important aspect of our lives is our relationships What do you do when you’re ready to introduce your children to your new partner? This is not a ‘one-fix-all’ type of answer. It’s multi-faceted and depends on you, your children, your new partner and their children. Somewhere to start: Be empathetic – consider your…

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What is a contravention application?

Something I’m often asked, is “how do CONTRAVENTION Applications work?”. The families I support are often in the midst of arguments, tantrums, stand-off’s and sometimes parental alienation. Many families see this co-parenting stuff as a high stakes game. It’s all about competing, comparison, owndership, one-up-manship, tit-for-tat and pick-up-your-game. Some families will fight about anything –…

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