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For married couples, a focus on how they resolve conflict, react to daily stressors and interact with each other can reduce stress - significantly

In today’s fast paced society, it is impossible to avoid stress in our lives. Stressors being external events which cause an emotional or physical reaction can be handled in 2 basic ways:

10 things to do for your relationship this Valentines Day

By Robyn Donnelly, Co-ordinator Marriage and Relationship Education - CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning.

What a lovely reminder Valentine’s Day on 14th February is for those in a relationship – however it is a timely reminder that we should be thinking about what we should be doing daily for our partner.

Building and integrating family wellness programs at work has been proven to increase a company’s overall financial health

We all know that work life and family life are intertwined and research supports this demonstrating that employees who are highly committed to their roles as parents and spouses benefit companies. Conversely, employee performance and satisfaction occur easiest when outside influences like family are considered through workplace contracts and the provision of flexible work arrangements.

Navigating Problems Associated with Unrealistic Expectations - Anticipate a Surprise, the inventory may reveal a potentially problematic assumption

When couples hit the inevitable challenges of marriage, they may be tempted to believe that they have made a mistake and “the one” must still be out there somewhere. The truth is there are likely several people on this earth with whom one could have a successful relationship.
Almost intoxicated by love, engaged couples are often known for being infatuated with one another. They tend to be confident that they’ll never have problems or that existing problems will just fade away with time, they’ll never question their love, never experience a drop in romance, and already know everything there is to know about their partner. They truly are love struck.

Win-Win Communication: What is your common style?

What is your communication style? Generally, there are four common styles:

How PREPARE/ENRICH works for couples with ethnic and cultural differences

Did you know that in 2016, 31.6% of couples married were born in different countries, and 13.9% were born in the same overseas country. 54.5% of couples married were both born in Australia (ABS, 2016).

Setting couple goals for 2018

This year, my wife and I have set goals for ourselves individually, as a couple, family goals and work goals.

Poor Conflict Resolution can become more problematic over time and affect other areas of your relationship such as closeness and communication

Conflict Resolution is your ability to discuss and resolve differences. Also how effectively you are able to share opinions, ideas, and feelings with your spouse, even during times of conflict.

Great speakers announced. Early bird registration now open! The Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia (MAREAA) invites you to join the 2017 MAREAA National Conference, Melbourne

Register now to join the peak marriage and relationship educators conference exploring the well-being of Children, Men and Women, Families and Communities.

Working With The Family and Friends Category

A research study in the USA examined the family and friendship networks of newly married couples at three occasions: when applying for a marriage license, at the first anniversary, and at the second year anniversary. (Kearns, J., & Leonard, K. “Social Networks, Structural Interdependence, and Marital Quality Over the Transition to Marriage: A Prospective Analysis” Journal of Family Psychology, 18 (2), 2004, 383–395.).

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