School Holidays

School holidays can be hard. ?They’re hard for some parents who don’t share the care of their children and they can be hard for co-parenting families, although for very different reasons. If you are sharing the school holidays with your ex-spouse, I’m going to sound like a broken record, but please focus on your children…

Mother’s Day

Mother?s Day is a special day for Mum?s 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…

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…

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 –…

Father’s Day

Every year it rolls around ? Father?s Day. It?s a day to thank our Dad for the great job he did in supporting us to be the amazing person we are. But what if you don?t think your Dad did a great job? Or what if you think the job your children?s Dad is doing…

What happens at Family Mediation?

So ? you?ve been invited to mediation or you?ve decided you need to mediate because your lawyer or your friends have told you that?s what you need. But what the heck is mediation and what happens AT mediation? Very simplistically, mediation is a negotiation process of which there are a few different types: Transformative ?…