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Communication Post-Divorce
Communication Post-Divorce Communicating with your ex-partner is not always the easiest thing in the world to do.  Often it depends on how you communicated during your relationship and what circumstances occurred for your relationship to finish.  For those that just fell out of love but remain b...
Legal Context of Social Work in Domestic Violence
Legal context of social work in domestic violence Domestic violence laws in Australia are complicated as each State and Territory have different laws, which can make it difficult to understand what protection orders mean in different parts of the country.  The Queensland Parliament updated the legi...
What Does Coercive Control Look Like?
What does coercive control look like? Coercive control is a tactic used by perpetrators of domestic and family violence that requires no physical contact with their victim.  They can use coercive control to isolate, stalk, harass and intimidate all through seemingly innocent means.  The aim of coe...
The Subtleties Of Domestic Violence
The Subtleties Of Domestic Violence Most people today have heard about domestic or family violence.  But usually what comes to mind is loud screaming, broken bones and bruised faces.  We expect to see the consequences of the domestic violence and without that visual evidence, it is easy to assum...
Power of You - Harnessing your power
This morning I found that I had some time to myself (a rare occurrence these days). So I seized that opportunity and made my way to a local coffee shop with my journal in hand.   I never know what is going to come out when I sit there with a pen and my journal. Today I found myself writing abou...
Raising Grateful Kids
Ways to Have More Grateful Kids This Christmas   Christmas holidays are the most exciting part of the year. The build-up to it starts months earlier and in the end the excitement pays off in the form of gift giving. It’s a fine tradition, and kids are especially looking forward to it. On the ...
Overreacting, overtired parents
Are You Overreacting Because You Are Tired? Have you ever found yourself overreacting or going mad at your child because you were tired beyond your limits? I don’t know a parent who hasn’t had one day when they wish bedtime would come sooner rather than later. This is normal. It does not mean yo...
Tired parents equals bad behaviour
Tired? Who isn’t!   Spoiler alert – Parenting is hard and most parents I know are tired! Ok so we may all know that. The truth is we make it 10 times harder when we try to fit that ideal of ‘perfect parents’.   Yes everyone may be fitter, stronger, and healthier now. However, modern d...
14 tips to help with Parenting During Exam Time
Parenting During Exam Time   Parenting children itself is an extremely difficult task let alone parenting during exam time. Exams have the ability to turn children into stressed robots. Over the last month we have brought you articles on how your children can get through this period. This artic...
8 tips on How to Approach Exam Season
How to Approach Exam Season Exam time can frequently be unpleasant and nerve-wracking. How does your child approach exam season? While some anxiety can be positive, being excessively curious or tense can be dangerous. This is particularly so when the event that it meddles with your final result. Rig...
Tips for Getting Through Exams. Is your child prepared?
Tips for Getting Through Exams Exam time is one of the most anxious and nerve-racking time for many students either before or after exams and in many cases both. What to contemplate and what not to is a conundrum most students face. This article presents some useful tips on getting through exams so ...
Divorce in a Weekend
Divorce in a Weekend = A New START   There have been many articles written lately about the delays that families face in the Family Court process; and it is true. The wait times for hearings are getting longer.  Judgements are taking longer and all the time the Court lists are growing longer a...
Preparing for Separation
Preparing for Separation   Sometimes our dreams, plans and hopes don’t always turn out the way we expected. This is no different when it comes to relationships. No one enters a truly committed relationship expecting it to end. Unfortunately for some it does. This doesn’t mean they have fail...
Single Parents of Teens
3 Things Single Parents Of Teens Must Do To Keep Sane No one ever claims being a single parent is easy and as single parents of teens you know this to especially be the case. In fact, media portrayals of single parenthood rarely glamourize it. Struggles with maintaining a balance between single life...
True Cost of Separation
The True Cost of Separation   Separation & divorce is akin to a roller-coaster. The end of a relationship is such an emotional period in your life and can bring about significant anxiety and concerns. What do you do now? Where will you live? What happens to your house? What about your finan...
Boosting confidence in kids
Boosting Confidence: A Parent's Guide for Supporting Children's Self-Esteem Even though at first thought self esteem seems like one of those things which we build as adults, the truth is that it is one of the most crucial “ingredients” of our personality which should develop from early childhood...
Focus on a healthy mind
How can you keep your mind as healthy as possible during a separation? If you are reading this article, you are more than likely a parent who is trying to recover from a break-up. To keep with the theme of this month which is health, I’d love to talk to you about some of the ways you keep can keep...
Nurturing your child's strength
HOW TO NURTURE A CHILD’S STRENGTH TO RELEASE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL   Each child is born with a unique gift, an a strength that they are great at. For parents, the key is to recognise and encourage this strength so that it enables the child to reach their true potential. I recently worked with Jane...
Community Legal Centre
Last week we discussed the application for divorce. Some of you have said that you would like to get it checked by a lawyer. So this week I wanted to give you a quick tip…. (you can thank me for this one later )   If you don’t want to pay to see a lawyer in most places there will be a commu...
Applying for a divorce
Applying for a divorce yourself?   First and foremost – I am not providing you with legal advice. All I am going to do is show you where to get the forms from so that if you are applying for a divorce yourself you can. Secondly however for my own protection you should always seek the advice o...