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Tip sheets

Being a step parent

Being a step parent

Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, but being a stepparent throws in a whole new set of challenges.

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Stepfamilies – a kids’ guide

Stepfamilies – a kids’ guide

Hey, I had a relationship with them before you did.

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Stepfamilies – a teens’ guide

Stepfamilies – a teens’ guide

I didn’t choose this – why do I have to live with this person?

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Stepfamilies and schools

Stepfamilies and schools

Schools are often the first place to recognise changes in a child’s attitudes or behaviour.

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Stepfamilies – being the biological parent

Stepfamilies – being the biological parent

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues are created, strengthened and maintained.

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Grandparent’s role in a stepfamily

Grandparent’s role in a stepfamily

They know more than they let on – life’s secrets have come to them through time, experience and patience.

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Stepfamilies – an overview

Stepfamilies – an overview

Looking back I gave Peter (stepdad) such a hard time, I really tested him. Now we are actually mates and we can laugh about it, but back then I was angry.

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Stepparent rights and responsibilities

Stepparent rights and responsibilities

Without any positive action, stepparents do not have any legal rights with respect to parental responsibility.

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Stepfamilies – teamwork

Stepfamilies – teamwork

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.

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Being a stepmum

Being a stepmum

Optimism is a major advantage for all step family members so hold onto it!

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Transitions to Primary School

Transitions to Primary School

“You did what today? That’s amazing!”

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Transitions to Secondary School

Transitions to Secondary School

“This is a big change for both of us. Let’s support one another and enjoy the ride!”

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Parent school holiday survival guide

Parent school holiday survival guide

“The only thing I love better than the wonderful low stress first day of the school holidays, is the last day – when I know they are going back tomorrow!”

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Christmas and holiday season survival guide

Christmas and holiday season survival guide

When we think of holidays, instead of relief and relaxation it can be a hard time for parents, particularly step and blended families – the holidays can be a minefield.

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