Successful Step Parenting and Blended Families

Is Step Parenting proving to be a nightmare?  Why is your blended family not thriving?

The Successful Step Parenting and Blended Families Workshop aims to support parents to manage the many challenges that affect blended families.  Blended or step-families are more common than ever and come in all shapes and sizes. Complicated schedules, parenting styles, sibling conflicts, and issues with ex-partners can make for a stressful life.  But if you can overcome the hurdles, a blended family can also be highly rewarding for both parents and children.

During this full-day session, facilitated by an experienced family relationship practitioner, this interactive group program will help you build skills and strategies to parent the children in your blended family effectively and positively, building healthy and lasting relationships.

Topics include:

  • Understanding children’s response to separation and divorce
  • Understanding your own response to another person’s child
  • Roles of the natural parent and step-parent, including giving and showing your ‘permission’ to accepting another parental figure in the household
  • Effective parenting strategies, setting boundaries, limits and guidelines
  • Communication with children and with co-parents
  • How to bond with stepchildren
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Providing a nurturing home environment

Investing a few hours now, will create a valuable roadmap for navigating those challenging parenting situations.

Best suited to:

Couples preparing to blend families, or having been together for many years, with one or both of you bringing children from previous relationships.


Saturday 19th May 2018  9.30am to 4.30pm

Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea provided.


Family Life meeting room, 197 Bluff Rd, Sandringham

Your Facilitator:

Fiona Reizner is a mother, counsellor, educator and facilitator who is passionate about helping families to feel empowered and increase their emotional well-being. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and has undertaken further studies in mental health issues such as (but not limited to) anxiety and depression.  She has also undertaken Children’s Mental Health Service Professional Development Training with the Australian Psychological Society.  In addition Fiona has completed Mindfulness training for children as well as training in Family Mediation.  Fiona has facilitated the Masters of Social Work at LaTrobe University, has her own private practice in addition to counselling children and their families as a Psychological Strategies Provider with Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network.


$220 per person ($200 concession)
$380 per couple ($350 concession)

Limited spaces available.  Maximum number of participants is 16.

Acceptance into this program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers being achieved and/or maximum numbers being reached. Heartlinks reserves the right to discontinue service should the facilitator deem a participant to be better suited to an alternative form of support.

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