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Sorting Out Your Arrangements for Christmas

Love it or loathe it, Christmas is just around the corner and, for many divorced or separated families, that means added stress and emotional anxiety. For some separated families, it will be possible for the children to spend time with both of their parents. But this can cause tensions that risk spilling over into the festivities. Other parents may not have the chance to see their children over the holiday period bringing both sorrow and isolation.

How can I help my children cope with my marriage breaking-up?

For children hearing that your parents are going to split up is a big shock. They will feel lots of different emotions including resentment, anger and sadness and its okay for them to feel like this. No-one is going to punish them for being upset for more than a week.

Jack - by Helen Victoria Bishop

Jack is a sensitive book to inspire and support children through the difficulty of parent separation and divorce. Jack is really quite sad and alone is his bedroom considering the situation between his mummy and daddy. He like many children in a break up situation feels that it might be his fault. Jack speaks of his worries to his loyal friend, “Black Cat” who is able in his magical way to talk Jack through his concerns and worries and provide him with some practical advice on how to make life a little easier, all of which make Jack feel more confident and reassured.

Organise Your Summer Holidays With Netmums

Do you dread the summer holidays? Do you worry about how to keep the kids entertained for six long weeks? Let 'Netmums' help you to plan positively for some quality time with your children.

How to tell your children about your separation.

January is often the month that couples decide that it is time to separate. This is a very difficult time for all concerned especially any children involved.

Sophie Stays At Daddy's House

A short story by Ruth Mackay, this book is aimed at the under-7s, and is about a little girl going to stay at Dad's house for a contact weekend. Today was Friday, Sophie was very excited as her daddy was picking her up from nursery. She missed him as he had his own house now, and she only saw him at weekends.

Single Parenthood for Beginners

There is no sweeter sound in the world than the word Daddy from the mouths of your children. Of course there are also times when its sound is rather less than sweet - 'Daddy, that's not fair!', 'Daddy, I'm finished can you come and wipe...' - but for my purposes here let's stick with the sweetness.

These Kids' Brains Are Different

What is 'Wikinomics'? 'Wikinomics' - how the internet is radically lowering the cost of collaborating and what this may mean for divorce.

Talking To Your Children about Separation

My wife and I are getting divorced and I’m moving out. What’s the best way to talk to our children, aged 11 and 7, about what’s happening and the future?” This is an important time in everyone’s life as everything is about to change and your children need you to have clarity, direction and confidence in the things that you say to them at this crucial time.

Pretending Everything is Alright...

Children are very perceptive and easily pick up on how you are feeling. There is no point disguising how you feel and pretending that life is great post separation, nor do you want your child to think that your life has fallen apart and you can’t cope anymore.

Talking money

One of the things that children do not want to hear about is money during or after the divorce. By that I mean how you are going to split your financial assets, child support and how you are both going to live.

Single Grand-Parenting

There has been a lot of coverage recently about the rights of divorcees who want to maintain contact with their grandchildren. When a couple break up, it isn't always just about contact with our own children. Our children's children can be as much a part of the break up too.