Author Archives: thesamemountain

Should you Vaccinate your Teen? Ask an Expert

This morning’s news is that Australia’s TGA has determined the vaccine is safe for children aged 12 to 15. Reading this news I had two immediate reactions: As a parent, there was pure relief. Without a doubt, as soon as … Continue reading

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Co-Parenting Companion – a Resource for Separated Parents

My career has always been woven around working with complex families navigating tricky paths. For around the past seven years, this has involved supporting co-parents involved with the Family Court system trying to find their way through to smooth, low-stress, … Continue reading

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Autism Acceptance Month 2021: Being an Ally – and where well intentioned people go wrong

I read a news article recently. It wasn’t too different from many I’ve seen over recent years. It was a good news story. A four year old girl with autism had been found and returned to her parents. A four-year-old … Continue reading

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Turns out there is a time I’d “Swipe Right” (and the book that convinced me)

True confessions: I have a stack of books and journals on my bedside table that glare at me, longing to be read. They know how awesome they are, and they just can’t believe I haven’t made time for them yet … Continue reading

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“I was just trying to help” – Five Tips that will actually work

Let me tell you a little something about me. I bet you’ll recognise a piece of you too. When I was 18 I moved back home. I had been a Big Independent Adult for 12 months, but my parents had … Continue reading

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Tips to Successfully Manage Kids’ Screen Time

Most of Australia is just past two weeks (or more, for private school families) into our long summer break, and now is around the time that parents often start evaluating how much time their kids are spending on their screens. … Continue reading

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Understanding Family Therapy for Separated Families

Parenting Orders can have blunt statements directing that parents “be restrained and an injunction granted restraining the parties from denigrating the other party”; and “use their best endeavors to reach agreements” – but how do you actually do that? That’s a skill-development process, and belongs in the therapy room, not the court room. Continue reading

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First Year of High School – A Survival Guide for Parents

Are you taking a deep breath? Are you feeling like you and your kid are about to step onto a roller coaster into the great unknown? Hell yes, oh my word, you are in for a ride. A wild, hilarious, … Continue reading

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Heading into 2020 with 20/20 Vision

There’s a range of narratives I could tell about this year. 2019 has been the year of some immense career highlights, with presentations at national and international conferences. A sensational year of being a proud mother and partner, complete with … Continue reading

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My Husband is Not the Problem

The thing that I see the most is that perpetrating men are loud and virulent across social media platforms – and many, many (not all) kind, generous, beautiful men are silent. If you are with us, we need to know you are there. Continue reading

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