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Communicate assertively, take responsibility for your own feelings and actions, and focus solely on the issue at hand

It’s important to resist the urge to bring up past experiences that have already been resolved and reopen them for discussion. Acknowledge the current disagreement and work through the conflict by actively listening to your partner. Respect your partner, remember you are on the same team, and know it’s okay to take a time out if you need to. While embracing the conflict and dealing with it can be uncomfortable, it can ultimately bring you closer as a couple.

Ask the question today of a family member, friend or colleague: RuOK?

It’s time to say thanks to all the people who are there for us!

Am I ready to discuss my relationship? Pick a day where your emotions are calm

The development of skills can all to easily become over-shadowed by the feedback process. Why not aim for a balanced approach in which feedback and the development of skills (eg. good listening skills; constructive ways of handling conflict) are both valued?

The costs of childcare in Australia is one of the highest in the OECD but with one of the lowest participation rates

Financial vulnerability poses many negative impacts on families and children however unique challenges such as the cost of childcare and property settlement and parenting matters, appear to present children with more challenges than merely being reared by married parents.

Power and control are not compatible with intimacy: Cohabiting couples and finances

Money causes tension when there isn’t enough, when it isn’t allocated correctly, and when there are different ideas surrounding its purpose. And the conflict tends to grows out of a lack of understanding and communication around money and how it relates to the couple relationship.

Cohabiting couples: The link between experience of financial hardship and personal psychological distress

An Australian study has shown that there is a strong link between experience of financial hardship and personal psychological distress (Creed, et al, 2006).

Negotiating a financial arrangement: Cohabiting couples

A major finding of recent research into the effects of cohabitation on subsequent marital outcomes is the potential detrimental consequences of ‘sliding’ in relationships rather than ‘deciding’ – that is letting transition events ‘just happen’ rather than making a considered, unambiguous decision.

Financial management is often a source of conflict for couples.

Money causes tension when there isn’t enough, when it isn’t allocated correctly, and when there are different ideas surrounding its purpose. And the conflict tends to grows out of a lack of understanding and communication around money and how it relates to your relationship.

How do I help couples have meaningful, skill-building dialogue around money?

"Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, and the sum of blessings." - Carl Sandburg

What is your attitude towards your marriage?

We know that life can be hard sometimes and that it can take a toll on your relationship - but can positivity play a role in your marriage?

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