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Author: Christine Weston

How to talk to your kids about terrorism after the Manchester concert attack

If you are the parent of a teenager, especially an Arianator, you might be fielding some pretty tough questions this week. How do you answer the heartbreaking questions? “How could someone do this?” “Why would anyone want to kill innocent kids?” Until now, our children may have seen attacks in far off lands and felt removed from it all. That kind of thing could never happen to them here, right? Wrong! These were kids just like them and parents just like us; heading off for a night fun night out. Exactly like so many are, or maybe were, planning...

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Is your overseas marriage legal in Australia?

So, the dust and the petals have settled on your beautiful Bali wedding and you’ve returned to life at home, but is your marriage officially recognised in Australia? With the increase in the past 10 years of Australians choosing to get married in our neighbouring picturesque, idyllic islands, this is a question that is often is asked years later when a couple, unfortunately, decides to part ways and looks to Divorce Resource for assistance in the process. Is your overseas marriage legal in Australia? Basically, your overseas marriage is likely to be recognised as valid in Australia if at the time...

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“So, what does your husband do?”: The schoolyard question loathed by newly separated mums

Unless you’re a Hollywood megastar and in the public eye, you have to let people know you’ve separated. It’s upsetting and awkward. If your parents, family and friends, are close to your ex, or your families hang out socially, it’s even trickier. For most parents, as it was for me, telling the kids is the most gut-wrenching. I’ve done a lot of research and healing since I had to go through the early stages of separation. Rewind eight years … I separated from my husband of nearly 13 years. I was sad, humiliated, fearful of the future, and very...

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Always Wear Shoes … and 49 other tips from Last Years’ Schoolies

Schoolies is about to get underway across the country and one of the major locations, the Gold Coast, was hit last week with a spate of nearly 20 people under the influence of a mystery new drug with hectic hallucinogenic side effects. It’s understandable for parents to be worried. For many parents, it’s the first time they will be allowing their child to travel away with their friends and get their first real taste of a festival atmosphere and their new independent adult life. It’s important in all families to have a quiet chat with your child about the potential risks and how to have fun but keep themselves safe and keep an eye out for their mates.

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7 Things Parents Should Not Say To Their Kids

There will be days as a parent when your nerves will fray to within an inch of your wits end. You’ll be so run down, distracted and forgetful, you may even question whether or not you are losing your mind! This can be particularly so for parents going through a separation and managing the rigours of single parenting. As you try to come to terms with your new reality and all the changes it brings, you won’t always present your most awesome self to the world.

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