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Are we there yet? – When is it the right time to introduce a new relationship to your children?

Long after the ink dries on your divorce papers your children may continue to harbour the hope that their mum and dad will reconcile. Seeing a parent with a new person seriously dents this fantasy and can be emotionally difficult for children to come to grips with. It can also affect the way in which […]

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Stepparenting – When The Ex Won’t Leave You Alone

So, you’ve found the perfect partner and it just so happens that he or she has kids. You’ve entered the relationship with an open mind knowing and understanding that the children’s other parent will be involved in your new family life in some shape or form – whether physically or in conversation. No surprises there, […]

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Passion vs Parenting – the single parent’s rite of passage

Looking for “love” …. again…. After the stress of your divorce, you deserve to have some fun. You also deserve to love and to be loved and to experience an adult relationship that meets your needs. Falling in love can be a euphoric, endangered and exhausting experiencing. It typically requires our full attention and can […]

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Give Peace (& Gin) A Chance: Pushing The Reset Button On Your Co-Parenting Relationship

As a teenager and young adult, I did not understand the pleasure my grandparent’s seemed to experience from their five o’clock gin and tonic. I could not stand, what I experienced at the time, as the bitterness of gin or the blandness of the tonic. At University I would elect to consume a cheap bottle […]

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“Lights, Camera, Action” – what step-parenting role will you create?

Hands down being a parent is bloody hard work. Being a step-parent can be even harder! If you are to weather the storm of assaults that both ex-partners and step-children, in particular teenage step children, can make on your self-esteem, judgement and authority it helps to have a great deal of self-confidence and a supportive […]

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5 things you need to know about successful stepfamilies

5 things you need to know about successful stepfamilies Approximately 56% of second marriages with children under the age of 18 in Australia end in separation and divorce. Want to know what sets the 44% of successful stepfamilies apart from the rest? 1. They understand that stepfamilies are different. Stepfamilies aren’t the same as other […]

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Why Good Enough May Be Just Perfect: Stepparent Expectations

Let’s face it, stepfamilies are formed after divorce, the death of a parent or the marriage of a single parent who has, up to that point, raised their child alone. Stepfamilies do not come to pass without all those involved having already lived through at least one major life event and all the stressors that […]

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