Dr Rhonda Emonson, PhDChildren's fiction, Family Life
As a Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Practitioner, Rhonda was the first in Australia to be awarded a PhD with research on the preparation of parents for FDR. Each child, each parent and each mediation has taught her valuable lessons. However, family separation is a significant event and experienced in a similar way, regardless of where we live in the world. The most valuable lesson is that there is hope. A new pathway can be negotiated and those who have been in conflict will move forward with confidence and renewed energy.
Heather Emonson, the illustrator of The Bird Family, lives on her farm in Cootamundra, breeds cattle and is an artist who works predominately with oils to depict her passion for the Australian landscape. Both in her gallery and on the kitchen table, Heather painted and tweaked each illustration to effectively capture the emotions that children experience as their parents separate.
The Bird Family Cards and book series are published in Australia.