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Eldest Daughter Syndrome: The Unseen Heroes in Divorce Recovery

In the realm of modern family dynamics, a colloquial term has emerged with both a humorous and poignant undertone: the ‘Eldest Daughter Syndrome’. This phrase captures the unique and often under appreciated role played by the eldest daughters in divorced families.  While it’s sometimes spoken about with a light-hearted chuckle, the reality for many eldest…

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separated couple ask themselves: is it healthy to be friends with your ex?

Is It Healthy to Be Close Friends With an Ex?

Is it healthy to be close friends with an ex? Separation is tough, but some can’t help but wonder if staying friends afterwards is possible. The short answer is that it depends on your situation — it might work for some but not others. Take your time to review your relationship, especially if the separation…

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Find support if your parents have separated: 9 practical tips

Find support if your parents have separated: 8 practical tips

If you’ve found yourself reading this, the chances are your world has been rocked by the news of your parents separating. It’s okay to feel a whirlwind of emotions right now—confusion, sadness, anger, maybe even relief. Whatever you’re feeling, know that you’re not alone. You can find support if your parents have separated. Even if…

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How do you know if you should remarry after divorce? – A Christian Perspective

    Our anonymous author is a Christian continuing their journey through the thorny issues of friendship, dating and remarriage after a divorce. In this blog, they explore the idea of remarriage from a Christian perspective, although much of what they write is relevant for a wider audience. Immediately after divorce the idea of remarriage…

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Finding Time for Self-Care as a Single Parent

  Being a single parent comes with its own set of challenges, often leaving little room for personal time and self-care. Finding moments for yourself might seem impossible between managing household responsibilities, attending to your children’s needs and juggling work commitments. However, prioritising self-care is essential for your well-being and your ability to be present…

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Dealing with the stigma of single parenting. Father and son sit on a couch together sharing a story

Dealing with the Stigma of Being a Single Parent

  Although few people choose to be a single parent it can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences. However, it also comes with its fair share of challenges, including societal stigma. Difficult situations may be even harder and lead to feelings of isolation, shame and self-doubt. Fortunately, you can build a strong, supportive community…

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Getting Through Christmas If You’re Separated or Divorced Copy

Getting through Christmas after separation or divorce can be difficult so in this article, we include 10 tips we hope will make it easier. The festive season, especially Christmas, is often depicted as a time of joy, family togetherness, and celebration. However, for those who are separated or divorced, this time of year brings a…

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Why do friends disappear after divorce? Image shows a pair of empty shoes smoking like a friend has disappeared in a puff of smoke.

Why do friends disappear after divorce?

Many divorced people report a dramatic reduction in the numbers of their friends following their divorce.  This can add to the distress and disorientation that so many of us feel during divorce.  In this blog a divorcee shares their own experiences of friendship and dating during and after their divorce and seeks to answer “Why…

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Family Justice Young People’s Board – Tips for separating parents

Children’s voices must be heard in the divorce process Too often when couples separate and divorce their children’s voices get lost in the turmoil.  One organisation working hard to make sure children voices are heard in the process is The Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB). This impressive group is made up of over 50…

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We want a framework that sets realistic expectations

Why setting realistic expectations is vital At Restored Lives, we meet hundreds of separating parents who are working through all the issues associated with parenting children after a relationship has broken down. It is the most painful and traumatic aspect of breakups for parents. The current UK system is completely broken, rather than supporting families…

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