Every family is different. Every family has its strengths and weaknesses, ups and downs. This section offers information and tips on how to help navigate various challenges and reconnect with what makes you a great team.The information sheets are listed in no particular order but the newest ones will always be displayed at the top, so check back in from time to time for new information.
Families that listen
Improving our listening style
Not feeling heard is a common statement made by all of us at some point. Within families the statement “you do not listen” is resonated frequently, whether it be from our partners or our children. In response to this we may throw our hands up in frustration, roll our eyes or simply ignore the feedback. But what if the statement “you just don’t listen” is true? How can we turn that around, what can we do to change our listening style?
My Family Suffers when I work
So what can the “emergency worker” do to assist their family’s understanding of the work?
Common stressors experienced by family members of those who work in emergency services.
Supporting someone with anxiety and depression
Supporting and caring for a person with anxiety and depression
No matter how long you’ve been supporting a person who’s experiencing a mental health condition, this guide includes helpful information for all carers and family members – regardless of whether the person they’re supporting has just been diagnosed, is recovering, or is in the early stages of anxiety and/or depression.
Tips for success
- A good relationship doesn’t just happen – you have to work at it.
- All couples experience problems and challenges in their relationships.
- There are many things you can do to help build healthy and happy relationships and prepare for the challenges along the way.
- Relationships change. You need to be aware of how they are changing and adapt to those changes.
- If problems become too difficult or complex, consider seeking the help of a counsellor.
Body image tips for parents
You are the most influential role model in your child’s life, so lead by example.
Your body image is how you think and feel about your body, and what you imagine it looks like. This may have nothing to do with your actual appearance. Poor body image can have a range of negative effects, including disordered eating, compulsive exercise, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.
Families that function well have certain traits in common
Our definition of ‘family’ has changed over the past few decades. The Family Strengths Research Project identified eight strengths of strong families in Australia. This study shows that happy families, whatever their makeup, have certain traits in common.
It might be valuable to occasionally evaluate the dynamics of your family to ensure that everyone is as happy as they could be.
Getting the balance right
Your relationship with your former partner might have ended, but you’re both still parents to your child. It’s usually in your child’s best interests if your co-parenting arrangements keep you both involved in your child’s life.
Building a new family,
can be an exciting fresh start for parents and children. It is not always easy. It takes lots of time and energy and care for the new family to work well. Each family has its own strengths to build on and challenges to deal with.
How is single parenting different?
Single parents have a different experience of parenting than two-parent families. While there are challenges and difficulties in being a single parent, there are also joys and benefits for parents and children.
What about the children?
If you are thinking of ending your relationship, it is good to be realistic about what it might mean. Ending a relationship has a big impact on everyone involved.
A game plan for Effective Communication
Communication is essential
Learning effective ways to communicate won’t help you avoid conflict in your relationship, but it will help prevent the conflict you do have, from damaging your relationship. The Ground Rules attached may give you some tools to help communication.