Posts By: Chris

New statistics show West Midland’s lockdown ‘relationship realisations’

New research[i] released today by Relate, the leading relationships charity, paints a divided picture of relationships in the West Midlands and the rest of the UK as lockdown is eased. Across couple, family and social relationships, people have had a range of ‘relationship realisations’ – many wholly positive and some more challenging. A heart-warming 60%[ii]… Read more »

How to decide who to spend Christmas with and avoid family rows

As the Christmas lights go up and the heart-warming festive TV adverts appear, anyone who hasn’t confirmed how they are spending Christmas this year may be feeling under pressure to commit. Who to spend Christmas with sounds like such a simple question but it can actually be rather complicated and cause a lot of stress… Read more »

Ten tips for a happy relationship

1. Talk constructively How you say things is as important as what you’re saying. If you and your partner are having a disagreement, don’t just attack them or go all-out criticising. Why not try using ‘I’ statements? By saying ‘I feel’ rather than ‘You always…’ you’re taking responsibility for your emotions and your partner won’t… Read more »

Parenting Troubled Teens

As parents of troubled teens it’s logical that we try to look for a reason why this has happened in our family. Why us? Why me? Understandably, you may look for someone or something to blame; whose fault is it? Maybe you blame yourself, your partner, your teenager or their friends? Blaming yourself or others… Read more »