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How separated parents can survive Christmas

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Christmas should be a magical time of year for families, a chance to come together, open presents and have fun. For families who have gone through the turmoil of a divorce it can mean heightened emotions and stress as they try to do what’s best for their children despite their separation. What starts out as…

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The Ten Best Winter Family Days Out in Scotland

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Creative Commons Image courtesy of ‘Rich B-S’ via Flickr In Scotland we are so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and wonderful parks. With this in mind we decided to compile the top ten outdoor family days out. These are the places that we trek to for our favourite picnic spot or the beautiful…

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Mark Stalker: Recently Separated with Kids? What Next?

Continuing our series of blogs for Child Contact Centre Awareness Week (22-26 April), Mark Stalker tackles the difficult subject of managing recent separation. If you’ve recently separated from your partner and have children then you don’t need me to tell you how stressful the whole situation can be. It’s a time which can be really…

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How to avoid a Christmas crime scene

The idea of an extended family get-together can be absolutely the best thing about Christmas for many people, but for some, we have to acknowledge, it can be the most stressful. Even in intact families problems can arise if in-laws don’t get along: I’m lucky with my own in-laws so I asked a counsellor colleague,…

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10 Christmas survival tips for couples

 Gill O’Connell of Relationship Counselling Highland offers some sound advice on getting through the festive season. The story goes: Christmas is about joy, harmony and love. The reality is, though, that it is hard for even the most relaxed people to get through to Boxing Day without some crisis in their family or relationship. When there…

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Jangle bells?

This December, several thousand families across Scotland will be facing their first Christmas separated or divorced. It is hard for even the most relaxed family to get through to Boxing Day without some crisis, tantrum or disaster, but when there is the added pressure of a family living apart because of separation or divorce, the…

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Parenting in Scotland: what do our children really need?

The Scottish Government launches its national parenting strategy on 3 October 2012. I am delighted that there is to be a National Parenting Strategy and thinking about this has caused me to reflect on what children in Scotland – and indeed worldwide – actually need in order to thrive. I am a parent, I worked…

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Top Ten FREE Family Days Out in Scotland

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There’s still a slither of Summer left so we thought it would be a good idea to round up the ten best free family days out in Scotland. Thanks to all the lovely people on Facebook and Twitter who inundated our social media volunteers with suggestions. 1. National Museum of Scotland – Edinburgh You can…

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Balancing

There are so many different ways of looking at our situation, and, if you’re not careful, you can get lost in it all. When there is too much of something, it can be difficult to keep things under control. But, with a little time and patience, it is possible. Sara and I are now entering…

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