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Family and siblings

Children grow up in different structures such as nuclear families, blended families, rainbow families (same sex parents), single parents and extended families creating different family dynamics. As your family grows there are other things to consider such as introducing toddlers to a new baby or new pet, organising childcare or preparing for school and travelling with children.

Blended families and step-parents

Blended families are formed when adults in a new relationship move in together.

Internet and kids

Read more on how much time is appropriate to spend on the internet for your child and tips to minimise dangers.


Whether your a new or experienced grandparent, here's some tips to help you get the most out of your role.

Preparing for school

Learn more about how you can prepare your child for the big day of starting school and boost their confidence.

Rainbow families

The term ‘rainbow family’ refers to a family with parents of the same sex bringing up a child. Find out more how to overcome some of the challenges an...

Toddler and the new baby

Having a second child is often much easier than the first but it can bring new challenges. Learn more about how to prepare your toddler for the new ba...

Pets in the family

Practical and trusted advice about how to prepare a pet for a new baby, how to teach your child to look after a pet, and pet safety, illnesses and all...

Sibling rivalry

Sibling rivalry occurs in most families when children are young and learning to get along with each other. Learn more about why children fight and ge...

Travelling with kids

Travelling with your child can sometimes be challenging. It helps to plan for your travel and give yourself a longer time to get there.

Need more information?

Same-sex families: services & resources | Raising Children Network

Like all families, rainbow and same-sex families need support. Get links to services for rainbow and same-sex parents, their children and their communities.

Read more on website

Parent Role in Supporting Siblings | Siblings Australia

Parent Role in Supporting Siblings Many factors affect how a sibling adjusts

Read more on Siblings Australia website

Down syndrome and family support - Better Health Channel

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Kids' Health - Topics - Having a disabled child in the family

Being disabled means not being able to do things that other people of the same age can do

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Living with children's cancer | Cancer Australia Childrens Cancers

General advice about feelings and emotions for children with cancer, their parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, other relatives, friends and schools.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

Kids' Health - Topics - Family relationships - brothers and sisters

If you have brothers and sisters (your siblings) you will have someone who belongs to you, who has shared memories with you, and who can help and support you

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Siblings of children with disabilities | Raising Children Network

It’s normal for typically developing children to have many different feelings about siblings with disability. These feelings might be positive and negative.

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Kids' Health - Topics - You and your pets

Do you or your family have a pet?   What kind of pet is it? Who chose it? Who looks after it? Pets can be lots of fun if you have the right pet for you, your family and your lifestyle

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Your child’s disability: talking about it | Raising Children Network

If you ever find it hard to talk about your child’s disability, our guide can help you with what to say about child disability and why talking helps.

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Supporting your child when a parent is in jail

In Australia, approximately 50% of all prisoners are parents. This leaves many, many children who are affected by their parent being incarcerated. Of course the imprisonment of the child’s parent not only affects just the child, but also affects the extended family as a whole.

Read more on Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN) website

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