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Healthy relationships: parents and partners

When you’re parents: how relationships might change Most couples experience relationship changes when they become parents. For many people the birth of a child brings positive changes in their relationship. For example, you and your partner might feel a new Read more...

Special dad time: how to make it happen

As a father, you have a big impact on your children’s development. The most significant contribution you make is through your everyday interactions with your kids. Here’s how to get some special dad time into your routine. Creating high-quality dad Read more...

Are you having trouble finding time for you?

Danielle Ollington, Counsellor at Relationships Australia Victoria, says there are many benefits to spending time alone and that it can actually help to increase our capacity for intimacy with a partner. Benefits of time alone We all need time for Read more...

Victory for REALskills program

The Family Centre at Tweed Heads has celebrated the federal government’s move to reinstate funding for its REALskills youth program for two years. via Victory for REALskills program. Read more...

Risky behaviour in teenagers: how to handle it

Looking for new experiences is normal for teenagers, and sometimes it involves thrill-seeking or even risky behaviour. If you’re concerned that your child is taking unsafe risks, there are things you can do to help your child stay safe – Read more...

Should I let my child take more risks?

Play such as jumping from a height or letting a child get lost contributes to self-esteem and can reduce the risks they take as adolescents – and avoids a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to obesity and chronic disease “You’ll Read more...

A Future of Possibilities for Homeless Youth

Nigel works with homeless youth in Sydney, in a supported accommodation program. Though many have given up on these young people, he can see something in them. Potential. Infinite potential. Nigel shares with us the surprising back-story to many of Read more...

Mindful Parenting: Choose How You React

Putting space between you and your reaction allows you to respond with kindness—and gets you out of autopilot mode with your children, Mitch Abblett writes. In any moment as parents, we can choose to react or let it go. I’ve Read more...

ReachOut Breathe

ReachOut Breathe helps you reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety by slowing down your breathing and your heart rate with your iPhone or Apple Watch. This app helps with: Controlling your breathing and heart rate Increasing your sense Read more...

7 joys of single parenthood

Single parenthood is hard. Everyone knows that. But there is an upside to single parenthood, and it is both joyful, and uniquely rewarding. And I want to share some of the positive sides to this type of family unit, because Read more...

Parenting With A Chronic Illness – 10 Tips To Help

Parenting provides one of life’s most rewarding, yet also most challenging journeys. To be a parent is to always be concerned about the safety, well-being and growth of another human. There’s nothing else quite like it! Unfortunately, for many mothers Read more...

How to Ruin Your Relationship With Your Teenager

One evening my sons came home with the same exclamation, “It’s amazing how many kids hate their parents!” We talked for an hour or so about why, and I’ve interviewed several teenagers over the last few months for further clarity. The Read more...

Helping our teen girls shine

In the last few weeks I have had a number of mums of teen girls speak to me about how worried they are about their daughters. Several have girls struggling with school pressures, body image and friendship conflict. Many of Read more...

Teach Me to Be a Man, Dad

I was deeply moved this week. I am frequently moved when I meet with families in the privacy of my therapy office but this week I was particularly touched. I watched closely as a 15 year old teenage boy told Read more...

Why volunteering makes us happy

Good news for 2015! Although there has been what seems like an endless succession of books and articles about how to think happy, we now have an impressively researched book about how to behave happy.  And how to incorporate these Read more...

Children do what we do, not what we say

Oli was excited. He had just collected the junk mail from the letterbox and was browsing it with his sister, Isabella. They found something that Oli wanted to show his mum, and they began to argue.”I want to keep reading.” Read more...

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of Read more...

Being a grandparent carer

When you have primary care of your grandchild, you have less time for yourself. But the upside is knowing you’re giving your grandchild a safe and caring home. Support from family, friends, professionals and the community can help you in Read more...

The Family Centre’s Reconciliation Action Plan

The Family Centre Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is an important part of our vision for social change.  We recognise the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and acknowledge them as Australia’s First People. At the heart of Read more...

What is my heart saying?

I awoke yesterday morning with an all-encompassing sense of overwhelm. My mind was racing over all of the things I had to accomplish. As a marriage and family therapist, I love what I do and, as a result, I was Read more...