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#1 Parenting Unique Needs Children & Embracing Individuality

#1 Parenting Unique Needs Children & Embracing Individuality

The Touched Out Podcast

In this episode of the Touched Out podcast, we hear from Kate, a stepmother to three children, including a child with autism and a stepdaughter with an acquired brain injury. Kate shares her experience of co-parenting with her partner and her stepdaughter's biological mother, and how she manages to balance her responsibilities while taking care of herself, her family, and her mental health.

  • The challenges of parenting unique needs children and the importance of embracing their individuality.
  • Coping with the difficulties of co-parenting and blended families, including managing different sets of rules from each parent.
  • The impact of an acquired brain injury on Paige's life and the lives of those around her, as well as the difficulties of coping with loss and caregiving.
  • Advice for parents struggling with parenting, including the importance of boundaries, positive relationships, and seeking support when needed.
  • Managing mental health struggles while parenting and the challenges of living up to societal expectations of "gentle parenting".
  • Exploring the intricacies of step-parenting and co-parenting, including navigating relationships with non-biological parents and the importance of respecting each other's decisions.
  • Fostering positive relationships in a blended family, including finding common ground and prioritizing open communication.
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If you or someone you know are experiencing mental health problems, we encourage you to reach out for help. You can call the Lifeline Australia helpline at 13 11 14 or for parents struggling with postnatal mental health reach out to PANDA at 13 22 89 (
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03/29/23 • 37 min

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