Parents are less likely to be married than in the past

According to the latest census data - Marriage and divorces, Australia 2016, couples who lived together prior to marriage accounted for 80.8% of all marriages registered in 2016, an increase from the 76.1% recorded in 1996. In 1975, just 16% of married couples had lived together first, and by 1981 cohabitation had doubled with 31% of married couples recording their pre-marriage cohabitation.

Balance: continued refinement and attention to all of the following four areas in our lives

Often we find we live our lives narrowly focusing on work or home. Think about your life and the balance you maintain. Change is possible and often easier than you think.

Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future

A recent report commissioned by Family and Relationships Services Australia (FRSA) titled Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future, investigates the current and future potential for the Family and Relationships Services sector to take a greater prevention and early intervention approach in service delivery.

Family and relationship services may increase protective factors for children and families at high risk of health and social problems

Family and relationship services and relationship-based prevention and early intervention programmes can address many risk processes that lead to health and social problems, while also building supportive relationships.

Health and Wellness Scale explores health-related relationship challenges couples face as they get older

The PREPARE/ENRICH Assessment offers a Health and Wellness scale, exclusive to couples over age 55. The Health and Wellness scale explores health-related relationship challenges couples face as they get older.

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.

The earlier the Better: Encouraging couples to take PREPARE/ENRICH

Encourage couples that are thinking about or planning their marriage to see the value of taking Prepare earlier rather than later in the marriage planning process.

14 Perfect Date Ideas for Parents

With Valentines day just around the corner happening on the 14th of February, kids can sometimes pose a problem when planning out the perfect date. We at PREPARE/ENRICH Australia thought it would be great to come up with 14 date ideas to help parents and married couples! Some ideas have the kids involved, some do not, so pick and choose or possibly use our ideas as inspiration for your own special date.

Dress in RED on Valentines for National Wear Red Day!

Whether it's your significant other, family, or someone close to you. Wear red in memory of someone you have lost to heart disease.

As you plan out your special evening with your partner for Valentines day, perhaps take the initiative and dress in red for the special occasion. Why wear red? To simply spread awareness of Heart Disease and research in order to find the cure as soon as possible.

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