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Tag Archives: co-parenting

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A different Christmas

The carols are playing, the decorations are up and strings of lights are strung over houses with care. It all seems rather normal, but for repartnered families having a first (or tenth!) Christmas together, it can feel pretty surreal. We share Christmas with my stepson’s mother. One year he spends Christmas Eve and early Christmas […]

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Softly Softly – how to address co-parenting and step-parenting issues in a softer way

As people who are ex-partners and step-parents, it’s essential to learn how to manage conflict in a healthy way. Meeting anger with hostility (or vice versa) only continues to destroy trust and is also not a good example to set to the children about effective communication, how to manage big emotions or to resolve conflict. […]

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Making Transitions Easier: tips for stepparents & co-parents

What are transitions? Transitions are the movement or changes from one position, stage or state to another. These changes can be gradual or sudden and last for differing periods of time. They can be emotional, physical, intellectual or even physiological. There are many different transitions children and young people face in their lives, a number […]

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Kids, Separated Parents, Step-Families and School Success

Prior to separation, when parents lived together in the one home, they each had a role in monitoring and guiding their children’s schooling, essential to academic success. This does not change just because they are now separated and living in different households. It certainly makes it harder. Especially, when there are tons of things about […]

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6 Tips for Stepparents/Co-parents to navigate the back-to-school madness

For many families the start of the school term and the return to school is a looming presence that generates a sense of palpable unease. The back-to-school madness, coupled by parents who operate from two separate homes juggling their respective household’s needs, brings with it a unique set of challenges. The pressure of organising enrollments, […]

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It’s not a competition! Post-separation parenting

In the midst of divorce and separation, almost everyone suffers from emotional insecurity at one time or another. Hell, when you are reeling from rejection from hurt and loss, from bewilderment and fear, or the feeling that you were not quite good enough, even the most confident amongst us can start to feel a little […]

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divorce ANGER: What the heck is it?

A few posts ago we talked about anger and step kids. As we mentioned in that post, anger is an emotion that typically occurs when a person of any age is feeling overwhelmed and powerless. Let’s face it, when family’s breakup, kids do not have complete ownership on feeling besieged and helpless. When family’s breakup, […]

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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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