PPLS | AUTHOR TALK | Kelly Chandler: The Other Mother | Saturday 20 May 2017 | 11am-12pm

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For Kelly, meeting the right guy was pretty straightforward – becoming a ‘spare mum’ to his two sons was more daunting. Join author Kelly Chandler as she discusses her experiences and recent book.

It had taken long enough to get on with her own stepmum, and now Kelly suddenly found herself sharing responsibility for two mini-humans. Her party days gave way to early starts, jokes about farts, games of hide-and-seek, and delicate negotiations with her partner’s ex and a cast of many. When Kelly got pregnant, stitching together the patchwork quilt of their new tribe became even trickier.

One in five families in Australia are blended but stepparents – and stepmothers in particular – still struggle to find their place in the family portrait. In The Other Mother Kelly explores the personal and societal challenges of being The Other Mother, and how blended families rock her world.

Where: Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre

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