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Posts Tagged ‘family’

Learning from MIAMs in England and making it work in Scotland

Rosanne Cubitt, Mediator and Head of Professional Practice (Mediation) Relationships Scotland is calling for more families to be made aware of mediation as an alternate route to court action and, off the back of our manifesto, we are asking for a change to the current law to make this happen We are encouraged by the…

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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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Child Contact Centre Awareness Week: Myths and Truths

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  It’s Child Contact Centre Awareness Week in Scotland and in Europe. For those who are unaware of what a child contact centre does, Pauline Nimmo addresses some common myths and truths to shed more light.              Myths Child Contact Centres are full of junkies, paedophiles and alcoholics. CCC are not full of ‘junkies, paedophiles…

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Celebrating Mums- What Makes Us Smile on Mother’s Day?

Although the modern Mother’s Day was invented and trademarked in the early 20th century in the USA, celebrations of mothers and motherhood throughout the world have their roots in ancient festivals held to celebrate goddesses, fertility and the changing seasons. In ancient times, the celebration of motherhood focused on religion and the supernatural. Mother goddess…

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Free to every reader: an extra hour a day

Work-life balance is relatively new in the UK. A couple of decades ago people just worked as hard as they could for as long as they could. This, of course, impacted on their health. Children often didn’t spend time with their fathers so family life was hectic to say the least. We have moved on,…

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What is happiness?

I’ve come across the question, “What is happiness?” in a few places in the past couple of weeks. In general, I like simple things: spending time with family, a good book, a wee relaxing drink at the weekend. There are times when I look forward to something because it’s different or not the norm. At…

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It wasn’t me!

It is with some degree of irony that I sit here writing this post about sibling rivalry when I can hear my three-year-old loudly screaming “Cockadoodledoo!” in his sister’s face while she tries to read her newest Sparkle magazine. I am trying very hard not to intervene, however, having recently versed myself in top tips…

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Want to be a more organised parent?

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For most mums and dads, especially in the early days of parenting, life is full on and sometimes too much. At this busy point in people’s lives relationships weaken, time with friends becomes a luxury and a little “me” time goes to the bottom of most people’s lists. This can result in isolation, feeling sad,…

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The family team

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When you start out on this great journey we call parenthood it is easy to forget about teamwork. You see, to me being part of a family is like being part of a team. We all have roles to play and we’re all essential to our families running smoothly. That’s not to say there is…

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