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Parenting kids who live in two homes

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Years ago adults would invariably ask a child how many brothers and sisters he had. Now with over 50,000 Australian families separating every year, you’d just as likely to ask a child how many homes he has.   More than one million Australian children now spend part of their lives in two homes.  “Doing the child shuffle” no longer just means driving kids to football, ballet practice or their latest leisure activity. For many children who have to negotiate two different environments, two sets of rules, and in some cases, two different families.    Some kids adapt well to living in two homes, while others resist these arrangements. The age of children, as well as the circumstances that lead to these arrangements, impact on children’s willingness to spread themselves between two homes.    Young children with less establ...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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