10-07-2022 04:28 PM
10-07-2022 08:39 PM
Hi @Youwish and welcome to the Parents Forum, we hope that you find the support you are looking for
I'm really sorry that this has turned into such a difficult situation for you, and I can understand how frustrating it must be, especially since you are having to put off your wedding!
Blended families can have their challenges, and if you're up for a bit of reading, this article may have some tips you can try as a starting point.
Can I ask what sort of supports you currently have in place other than your partner? If you feel that you would like to talk this out with someone, Parentline NSW is a really good resource that offers free phone counselling.
Relationships Australia is another good resource for counselling, and their Adolescent Family Therapy or Family Therapy options may be of interest to you.
As stressful as this is, please remember to take some time to take care of yourself
10-08-2022 01:13 AM
10-08-2022 09:51 PM - last edited on 10-10-2022 10:17 AM by Iona_RO
Hi @Youwish thank you for getting back to us and sharing more about what has been going on for you.
I’m so sorry to hear that you have been experiencing this, it sounds like it has been a very difficult and challenging time for you all. I can tell how much you care about both your daughter and your partner and can only imagine how hard it must be that your daughter doesn't want anything to do with them. It sounds like a lot to be going through right now, especially without the support of your family. Do you mind me asking what your relationship was like with your daughter before your partner?
You mentioned that you had spoken to professionals who gave you ideas on how to approach the situation but that they only worked for some time. I am wondering if something happened that might have caused this shift in behaviour?
I am mindful of the impact this must be having on you, so I am just wondering if there is someone that you might feel comfortable talking to about this? If you would like to talk to someone, Relationships Australia is a great support service that might be able to help you work out your next steps.
I thought it might also be worth mentioning that ReachOut offers free one-on-one support with an experienced professional for parents looking to navigate parenting. You can find more information on this service here if this is something you might be interested in.
The Raising Children's Network also has a number of great articles on co-parenting, talking about tough topics with children and even a list of support services. Do you think these might be helpful at all?
I also just wanted to remind you that you are doing such a great job, despite all these troubles.
We are all here for you.