Finding new family structures
When families are living apart because of separation or divorce, or some other reason they start to develop new family structures. For many families its about finding their own way to be a family even though they live apart.
When parents separate, that's about the adult relationship between the two of them. Children whose parents part still need their family. They need robust relationships with their parents.
These articles explore strategies families can use to build loving resilient family relationships that don't depend on living together.
Parenting through Separation
When you split up, you face a whole raft of practical issues. Many of them are about your children. Parenting through Separation is a free information programme for parents who are separating. It uses current research and practical information to help you manage your separation in ways that work best for your kids. Its available throughout the country. Find out more about it here.
A Family in Two Homes
It's one thing for you and your partner to split up. It's quite another to tell your kids about it. Here are some ideas about your role as a parent in breaking this news.
Made in the Family
Your kids are sponges. They soak up your actions and your choices. So what do you teach them when your relationship is coming apart at the seams? The process of parting is one of the most stressful times you can face.
When you find it hardest to behave admirably you can bet it's hard for your kids too. These are the crunch lessons, the ones where they really need your help.
All in the Family
When it comes to separation there is a balancing act between your rights and your responsibilities, especially when it comes to your kids. They are at your mercy. How do you support them to get a family that sustains them ?
No Longer Partners, But Still Parents
Here are some ways to keep on being a responsible parent even when you're miserable about you're relationship ending.
When Parents Separate: Through Children's Eyes
This article invites parents to look at the family's changed circumstances from the perspective of their children. The more you understand your children's view of the situation, the better chance you have of giving them what they need to survive your separation and lead a satisfying life.