Change is scary and daunting. There's only one way you're going to make your life different though - and that's by doing something in a way you haven't before.
Sometimes it's not even because of YOU, that things are difficult. You might think there's nothing you can do because you're not the one with the problem. There is always something you can do - and right now, this workshop is the first step. All you have to do, is take it!
Some say the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Is it time for you to do something differently in order to get a different result?
Kirsty Petersen Family Mediator and Conflict Coach
"I know what it's like to struggle to communicate with your child's other parent. It's 8 years since my marriage ended and I've been where you are. Some days it didn't seem to matter what I did or what I said, there was no winning.
Change doesn't have to be huge and difficult. It can be just one little thing done differently - that has a huge impact. Let's see what needs adjusting for you so you and your children can live a peaceful life.
Whether you're just separated, you've been struggling for ages, or 'something' has just changed everything - YOU have the power to make it different! "
What is our conflict doing to our kids?
What is conflict, who causes us conflict? How to use conflict to your advantage How does conflict affect our body? The difference between acute and chronic conflict Conflict and Kids The effect of conflict on a child's body and brain Will our children survive our divorce? Risks for children living with conflict How do children cope with conflict? Parental alienation - what can be done? Practical tips to manage conflict What if it's not your fault? How to make things different.
" I was in a situation with my ex where we couldn't agree on anything. Every communication was difficult.
With support from Kirsty I was able to totally change the situation to a point where we can reach agreement about everyday things as well as important issues.
We still have moments, but I now have the skills to facilitate our communication and I'm no longer anxious at the mere prospect of having to discuss something."
Belinda, 40yo Mum
"My ex de-facto chose Kirsty and I held no expectations in respect of outcome.
I was aware Kirsty had gone through a separation and was co-parenting and I initially had some reservations that Kirsty may hold bias because of her own experiences and this would disadvantage me. However within minutes of sitting down with Kirsty this concern dissipated.
If you genuinely desire to resolve parenting matters, I have no hesitation in recommending Kirsty."
Ben, 37yo Dad
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"Kirsty has helped me navigate a very complex situation concerning my now adult daughter and very hostile situation with my ex.
Her advice and genuine desire for the best outcome for all parties especially the children is absolutely clear. Unbiased, direct, but easy to listen to. I used her wisdom to change my own behaviour and reactions as I have zero control over the other party.
Life is much easier and less stressful using her strategies."
Kirsty-Anne, 35 yo Mum
Do you need to do a Post Separation Parenting Course or Parenting Orders Program?
Improve Your Co-Parenting
If you're in Court, chances are you and your child's other parent don't see eye to eye. If you need to learn how to protect your children from the conflict arising from being in court, or how to improve your co-parenting so the conflict reduces, this one day workshop is for you.
We start at 10am with tea, coffee and biscuits then get right into it - what is conflict, how do we reduce it and what is it doing to our body and our kids?
How can we best support our children when the divorce is new, while we're in Court and afterwards? What if you've been divorced for ages, and your kids are teens - what do they need now?
Respecting our children's needs without letting the kids rule the roost.
Lunch is supplied and when we head back in we'll focus on practicing the new skills we've learnt as well as talking about combating parental alienation.
The workshop will finish at around 2:30pm. You're welcome to stick around for a bit, have another coffee and talk if you need.
A certificate for Court purposes will be provided following completion of the workshop.