How Does Divorce Affect Children’s Behaviour?

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Liam Hackett Ditch The Label

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How Does Divorce Affect Children’s Behaviour?

I chat with Liam Hackett – the Founder of the global bullying charity ‘Ditch the Label’ & I talk about my philosophy to parenting.

We discuss creating a happy and harmonious step family and we look at ways to support children going through a divorce.

Ditch the Label launched based on Liam’s experiences of bullying. Since then, DTL has grown rapidly into becoming an international movement and a lifeline for thousands worldwide.

They are one of the largest pro-equality and anti-bullying charities in the world.

Their award-winning work spans across the UK, USA and Mexico; promoting equality and empowering people aged 12-25 to overcome bullying. They are a digital charity, which means that most of their support is provided online through their website and partnerships with games and social networks.

It is estimated that every 3 minutes somebody will benefit from their support.

Each month, thousands of people benefit from their pioneering digital support programs. They have a team of digital support mentors who empower people to overcome bullying through their website and partnership with other online communities. They provide one-to-one and group help and produce widely used self-help guides and materials. They don’t just talk about bullying, they help people through things such as mental health, coming out and low self-esteem.

They’re scientific in their approach.

They produce pioneering research to understand the changing nature and trends of bullying. They then use their research as a starting point for innovation and share their findings with other charities, educators and the general public.

They challenge societal norms.

They regularly collaborate with other organisations, celebrities, thought leaders and real people to produce public awareness and educational campaigns. The campaigns are designed to change how people see themselves and those around them.

They don’t just help those who experience bullying..

They see bullying as a behavioural issue. Like all behaviours, there is a root cause and a remedy for change. They understand the root causes and they provide the remedies for change. Not only do they help those who have been bullied, but those who are doing the bullying too, because there is no such thing as a ‘bully’ or ‘victim’. It’s a behaviour and not an identity.

Here are 5 Facts about Ditch The Label

  1. They are a digital anti-bullying charity, which means that most of their support services are provided online, integrated within environments that are authentic, approachable and comfortable to young people.
  2. They support people who are doing the bullying, too, because they recognise that bullying is a behaviour. Like all behaviours, there is a root cause and a remedy for change. Reactive support is important, but proactive support is the only way in which we can prevent bullying from happening in the first place.
  3. All of their interventions are evidence-based, which means that they are continuously using data and innovation to improve the support that we provide to young people.
  4. They don’t patronise young people; instead, they empower them with skills, techniques and knowledge that enable them to resolve their own situations.
  5. They’ve won multiple awards in recognition of their work, campaigns and research.

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Q. Should I let my baby cry itself to sleep? Penny Trimble – Canberra Australia
Q. Dear Sue, I’m feeling a bit at a loss as I can’t seem to make headway with my Step Children – I can’t help but feel left out of the family unit as the girls get on so well with their Dad & I feel rejected by my 2 stepchildren, which is making me feel really unsettled and upset. I find myself stepping back and withdrawing from joining in. Is this normal? What can I do?’ Bridget Hannon from Galway in Ireland.


Cooking up a happy step family is like a slow burning casserole !

Understanding The Stepfamily Cycle.

I always remind my clients that bringing together 2 separate families is a process and not an event, and it takes time and flexibility on everyone’s behalf to settle into new family relationships.

It’s about managing your expectations and keeping the lines of communication open.

It’s also about building bridges not walls between each other and being patient.

I wrote an article called ‘Cooking up a happy step family is like a slow burning casserole’ which you can read by clicking on the title.



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