Being positive is not for the faint hearted! See Harry Benson in November at the MAREAA NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017, November 22-23 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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

International Keynote Speaker Harry Benson Research Director Marriage Foundation (UK)

Harry Benson is arguably Britain’s leading champion for marriage. His research findings for the Marriage Foundation are routinely cited in the media and by politicians and have made front page news on several occasions. Formerly one of the youngest Royal Navy helicopter pilots to serve in the Falklands war – about which he wrote the bestselling military history SCRAM – Harry has spent the last twenty years researching, writing and teaching about marriage and family. As founder of a Bristol charity, he taught hundreds of relationship courses to thousands of couples, including ‘Let’s Stick Together’, a pioneering short programme for new parents evaluated by the Department for Education and delivered mainly through NHS post-natal clinics.

Conference agenda available now.

MAREAA Conference Registration Rates:

Registration costs Early Bird Rate Standard Rate Closes 5pm, 13 October 2017

  • Member Conference $589.00
  • Non-Member Conference* $684.00
  • Join us for a fabulous start to the day, networking over a delicious breakfast at one of Melbourne’s premiere and award winning bar and café’s The Boat Builders’ Yard, just steps from the conference venue $40.00

*Includes 12 months membership to MAREAA.

MAREAA Members Only ‘6 for 5’ promotion registration Want to send more than one person? The Conference registration also offers a ‘6 for 5’ promotion for MAREAA Members only. Simply enter the names of 5 members you will register in one transaction and when complete, you’ll receive a link and code in your confirmation email to register your 6th attendee. Available at both Early Bird and Standard Rates.

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Conference Partner The Department of Social Services aspires to be Australia’s pre-eminent social policy agency. Our mission is to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. http://www.dss.gov.au

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Being positive is not for the faint hearted! See Prof. Lea Waters in November at the MAREAA NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017, November 22-23 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Being positive is not for the faint hearted explores how, with small positive steps, we can make a huge impact on our wellbeing. Her first book, The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish, was released May 2017 (Avery/The Penguin Group).

See Lea Waters in November at the MAREAA NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017, November 22-23 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Professor Waters is the Founding Director and holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne where she has held an academic positon for more than 20 years. Lea holds affiliate positions at Cambridge University’s Well-Being Institute and the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations. As a researcher, she has published almost 100 scientific articles and book chapters.

MAREAA 2017 National Conference Registration

Conference agenda available now

Early Bird registration now open.

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

MAREAA Conference Registration Rates:

Registration costs Early Bird Rate Standard Rate Closes 5pm 30 Sept 2017

  • Member Conference $589.00
  • Non-Member Conference* $684.00
  • Join us for a fabulous start to the day, networking over a delicious breakfast at one of Melbourne’s premiere and award winning bar and café’s The Boat Builders’ Yard, just steps from the conference venue $40.00

*Includes 12 months membership to MAREAA.

MAREAA Members Only ‘6 for 5’ promotion registration Want to send more than one person? The Conference registration also offers a ‘6 for 5’ promotion for MAREAA Members only. Simply enter the names of 5 members you will register in one transaction and when complete, you’ll receive a link and code in your confirmation email to register your 6th attendee. Available at both Early Bird and Standard Rates.

Conference agenda available now

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE MAREAA CONFERENCE UPDATE

Conference Partner The Department of Social Services aspires to be Australia’s pre-eminent social policy agency. Our mission is to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. http://www.dss.gov.au

Questions?

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Kindness – What mothers want (and dads need to know)

A new survey of 291 mothers reveals that what mums want most from their husband or partner – happy and unhappy alike – is kindness, friendship, and somebody interested in them and their children, much more than they need a traditional provider or protector.

Harry Benson, Research Director of Marriage Foundation and co-author of What Mums Want and What Dads Need To Know, commented:

“Almost any relationship thrives where there is kindness. Kindness is everything. It shows thought, consideration, care. It shows you notice and you value. Being kind is an active decision that requires some sort of action. It only takes little things.

“But those little things reveal the character behind them. When somebody is kind, it’s hugely attractive. No wonder mums rate this as the number one quality they want from their husband or partner. If we men could grasp that what mums want most is friendship, interest and kindness, we’d have a lot less heartache and family breakdown, much of which is completely avoidable.

Source: Harry Benson, Research Director of Marriage Foundation.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE >

See Harry Benson in November at the MAREAA NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017, November 22-23 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

MAREAA 2017 National Conference Registration

Early Bird registration now open.

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

MAREAA Conference Registration Rates:

Registration costs Early Bird Rate Standard Rate Closes 5pm 30 Sept 2017

  • Member Conference $589.00
  • Non-Member Conference* $684.00
  • Join us for a fabulous start to the day, networking over a delicious breakfast at one of Melbourne’s premiere and award winning bar and café’s The Boat Builders’ Yard, just steps from the conference venue $40.00

*Includes 12 months membership to MAREAA.

MAREAA Members Only ‘6 for 5’ promotion registration Want to send more than one person? The Conference registration also offers a ‘6 for 5’ promotion for MAREAA Members only. Simply enter the names of 5 members you will register in one transaction and when complete, you’ll receive a link and code in your confirmation email to register your 6th attendee. Available at both Early Bird and Standard Rates.

Conference agenda coming soon

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE MAREAA CONFERENCE UPDATE

Conference Partner The Department of Social Services aspires to be Australia’s pre-eminent social policy agency. Our mission is to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. http://www.dss.gov.au

Questions?

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The Change Model: Goal-oriented – stay focused on the positive

Don’t let yourself get weighed down by a bad day or a bad week.

Acknowledge and give yourself and each other credit for the efforts and changes you’ve made. Compliment each other, thank each other, encourage each other!

The CHANGE Model can help you develop an action plan for your relationship goals with six easy steps:

5. Goal-oriented – stay focused on the positive.

Through careful planning and constant assessment and re-evaluation of your plans, you know where you are going, you can plan where you are heading and you take time to see the bigger picture. This leads to a clear understanding of goals, dreams and your vision as a couple. Continually encourage each other and stay focused on the positive.

Source: The Couple Checkup Book ©2008

PREPARE/ENRICH is celebrating its 35th Anniversary, but perhaps you are a marking a milestone anniversary this year as well. Anniversaries are times to not only celebrate and reflect on how far you’ve come over the years, but also to establish hopes, goals, and resolutions for the year to come.

#PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.

For more information on PREPARE/ENRICH or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: http://www.prepare-enrich.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049 #prepareenrich

The Change Model: Never give up – even if you experience setbacks!

The thing about relationships is they are always a work in progress! Expect that the road will twist and turn but never give up, use setbacks as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Get to know your strengths and growth areas and those of your partner and accept that it takes effort, planning and persistence in general, but particularly during the tough times.

The CHANGE Model can help you develop an action plan for your relationship goals, with six easy steps:

4. Never give up – even if you experience setbacks!

Inevitably, life happens, and after weeks of great progress you may suddenly find yourselves back at square one (or even square zero!). If you use setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow together, you will always be on a path toward a stronger relationship.

Have you experienced these challenges before? Perhaps there are things to celebrate also. Make time to not only celebrate and reflect on how far you’ve come over the years, but also to establish hopes, goals, and resolutions for the year to come.

Get started today and develop an action plan for change.

Tune in for step three next week.

Source: The Couple Checkup Book ©2008

#PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.

For more information on PREPARE/ENRICH or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: http://www.prepare-enrich.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049 #prepareenrich

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National Marriage Week: 10-16 September 2017

Marriage Week celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of marriage as the basis for family life and is a brilliant institution that all of society should celebrate.

‘……Marriage is a vehicle of change and of life. Marrying involves a commitment to living and therefore to change. It offers unending possibilities of self-discovery and discovery of the significant other…’

Don Burnard – Family Relationships Institute.

Marriage is not for everyone. But for those that seek successful marriage and a fulfilling family life in which to raise healthy and happy children, functional families are seen as the bedrock of successful societies.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics dated November 2016, there were 113,595 marriages registered Australia wide in 2015 and whilst declining (a

decrease from 2015 by 7,602 – down 6.3%), t

he average length of marriage has increased from 10.7 years in 1993 to 12.1 years in 2015.

In the latest census data, the median age for women was 29.8 years and for men getting married was 31.8 years.
81.1% of brides and 79.1% of grooms were marrying for the first time.
16.3% of the marriages included one partner who had been married before.

In the 2016 census data, 74.9% of

wedding ceremonies were conducted by a marriage celebrant. In 2011, 73% of wedding ceremonies were conducted by a marriage celebrant, with the remaining 27% by a religious organisation.

Marriage Week is a time to say “Wake up. Marriage is a great idea”, and since a healthy marriage is a skill, let’s learn some new skills to turn our marriages from good to great!

Do you need help with an issue or problem? Our approach helps to generate deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations can restore insight and understanding about one another.

Tune in for more tips next week… or contact me Shane Smith shane@intentional-relationship.com or @ http://www.workofheart.net.www.workofheart.net.au

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Take the Couple Checkup

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Simply click on the Register button below relevant to your relationship – it couldn’t be easier. Once you have finished the questions you should receive your comprehensive personalised report in about 30 seconds.

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The Couple Checkup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The Couple Checkup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy.

The Couple Checkup is an online couple assessment based on the PREPARE/ENRICH couple inventories. The Checkup assessment and Checkup report are designed to go directly to couples at any stage of their relationship (dating, engaged or married). The online system allows for dynamic customization of the assessment to each couple based on how the couple answers background questions. The goal is for the Couple Checkup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own and to emphasize prevention over remediation.

For more information on the use and analysis of the Couple Checkup or to simply use the tool, please contact: www.couplecheckup.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049 #couplecheckup #strongerrelationships

The Change Model: One baby step at a time

On the surface, big-picture goals can seem daunting. Where do you even begin? What small, simple things can you and your partner do each day to work toward your goal? Think about all the tasks that go toward achieving your goal. Break down the larger goal into bite-size chunks.

The CHANGE Model can help you develop an action plan for your relationship goals in 2017, with six easy steps:

3. Action – one step at a time.

Small and thoughtful gestures can have exponentially positive effect. Perhaps you log into your Netflix account and make sure the next movie that arrives is one that your partner casually mentioned he/she wanted to watch (show them you were listening!).

Maybe you treat yourselves to takeout one evening if one or both of you has had a long day and don’t feel like cooking—not only can you relieve some of your partner’s stress, but you create an opportunity for quality time while sharing a meal.

Get started today and develop an action plan for a successful relationship.

Tune in for step four next week.

Source: The Couple Checkup Book ©2008

#PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.

For more information on PREPARE/ENRICH or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: http://www.prepare-enrich.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049 #prepareenrich

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