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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.

Intentional Parenting: 8 ways to be intentional with the time you have to spend with your family - Take time to unplug

Here are a few ideas which may get you thinking of how you can do “small things often” and turn towards your partner to show them you are loving them intentionally. In turn these small things will add to your emotional bank account, deposits that create a stronger bond in your partnership.

Intentional Parenting: 8 ways to be intentional with the time you have to spend with your family

Many people make resolutions around their own lifestyle changes that will improve their quality of life. While we tend to make unobtainable goals, many people still have a go, and some succeed. Researchers call this feeling the “fresh start effect”. They have found that we tend to motivate ourselves into good habits by using a new beginning (like the start of the week, month, year, season, etc.) as a marker to put past behavior behind us and focus on being better. It brings opportunity to reflect on the previous year and anticipate what you want the New Year to look like.

The top 12 remarriage stumbling blocks

In 2010 David Olson, Amy Olson-Sigg & Peter Larson carried out a study in the US using >50 thousand premarital couples (both partners), whose marriages were about to create a stepfamily. The survey identified the top twelve Remarriage Stumbling Blocks.

Couple Flexibility and Couple Closeness are most important for step-parents

In a study in the US using >50 thousand premarital couples (both partners), whose marriages were about to create a stepfamily, an important discovery was the role in conflict resolution.

Encourage couples and professionals to focus more on the strengths of marriage, especially remarriage and the creation of stepfamilies, rather than only problems

In 2010 David Olson, Amy Olson-Sigg & Peter Larson carried out a study in the US using >50 thousand premarital couples (both partners), whose marriages were about to create a stepfamily. The survey identified the Five Keys to Intimacy, which is made up of the top five strengths that clearly distinguish great relationships from unsatisfying ones, along with the Top Ten Strengths of Happy versus Unhappy Couples Creating Step Families.

Consider articulating relationship (and family) outcomes and put them where you and your partner can see them

When you put effort towards something, it can be helpful to foresee outcomes and articulating outcomes now and being mindful of them along the way will help guide you and your partner to find success through this journey.

Accountability (or lack of it) can be the reason you reach (or fail to reach) a particular outcome: Ensure 2018 is the exception

When you put effort towards something, it can be helpful to foresee outcomes. Whether you work through your PREPARE/ENRICH assessment results in its entirety or section by section, articulating outcomes now and being mindful of them along the way will help guide you and your partner to find success through this journey.

Struggling with in-laws this holiday season? 5 easy ways to relax while on a family holiday

Who doesn’t love to go on holidays? In the summer, many flock up north. The warm sunshine, refreshing beach swims, and lovely breeze are unbeatable – especially when you realize winter is only a few months away.

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