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MAREAA NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017, November 22-23: Australian workshop Speaker Mandi Smith, Individual and Couple Counsellor, Relationship Educator and Director of PREPARE/ENRICH Australia

The transition to parenthood for couples is a time of great excitement however the challenges and demands can lead to a decline in marital satisfaction. Couples can lose sight of their potential as their new roles take their relationship on a path they may not have experienced yet. This can be particularly complex for blended families.

The PREPARE/ENRICH Parenting Version is a relationship inventory which helps couples gain some awareness in how they are going as a couple as well as giving them insight into how they view their relationship with their children. The program guides couples through the challenges of parenting and the intersection of marital and parental dynamics, raising awareness and building relationship skills. It empowers parents providing them with insight into their parenting style, family system, and couple relationship. This workshop will give some practical tips on working with couples whose primary concerns are parenting, using the PREPARE/ENRICH Parenting module.

See Mandi Smith at the MAREAA 2017 Conference and her workshop: I loved you before we where parents – The transition to parenthood for couples.

Conference agenda available now.

MAREAA 2017 National Conference Registration

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.

MAREAA Conference Registration Rates:

Registration Closes 5pm 17 Nov 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. www.dss.gov.au

Questions?

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Australian Keynote Speaker Alison Campbell Rate Executive Director, Open Doors Counselling and Educational Services Inc.

What have broken eggs got to do with resilience? Absolutely everything!

Come along and find out why at the RAISING RESILIENT FAMILIES parent education seminar, an opportunity to learn about your child’s emotional resilience – what to do (and what NOT to do!) to help them grow more of it.

Be ready to participate in an engaging, interactive time with other parents as we learn some new ideas, pool our expertise, uncover some cool secret weapons in the war against helplessness, and reflect, discuss and share together.

Alison has been associated with Open Doors Counselling and Educational Services since 1987 in a number of roles. Alison heads up Open Doors’ educational services for schools, manages communications and special projects and is currently serving on an honorary basis as the Executive Director of the Open Doors Committee of Management. Alison has presented to thousands of parents, children and teachers over the years and is passionate about promoting effective parent child communication and strengthening the decision making capacity of young people.

Conference agenda available now.

MAREAA Conference Registration Rates:

Registration Closes 5pm, 8 November 2017

  • Member Conference $649
  • Non-Member Conference* $724
  • Member Day rate $359
  • Non member day rate $399
  • 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 $45

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

These days, families come in all shapes and sizes. They move from one state to create a family in another. They combine into new homes, take holidays with blends of children and parents from different households.

Register now to see Chloe Shorten speak at the MAREAA Conference 2017 in November and join the peak marriage and relationship educators conference exploring the well-being of Children, Men and Women, Families and Communities.

Australian Keynote Speaker Chloe Shorten Australian corporate affairs specialist and Strategic Advisor

An Australian corporate affairs specialist, a member of the Burnet Institute‘s Engagement Committee and Strategic Advisor for their Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program, and wife of Opposition leader Bill Shorten

Conference agenda available now.

MAREAA Conference Registration Rates:

Registration Closes 5pm, 8 November 2017

  • Member Conference $649
  • Non-Member Conference* $724
  • Member Day rate $359
  • Non member day rate $399
  • 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 $45

*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?

Keep up with the latest from the MAREAA National Conference 2017 online:
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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.

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?

Keep up with the latest from the MAREAA National Conference 2017 online:
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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?

Keep up with the latest from the MAREAA National Conference 2017 online:
www.mareaa.asn.au
Twitter: @MAREAA_asn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MAREAAUSTRALIA
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/mareaa

Join us at http://www.mareaa.asn.au or sign up to our Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bRigGf

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?

Keep up with the latest from the MAREAA National Conference 2017 online:
www.mareaa.asn.au
Twitter: @MAREAA_asn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MAREAAUSTRALIA
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/mareaa

Join us at http://www.mareaa.asn.au or sign up to our Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bRigGf

Thank you for all you’ve done for me Mum: Every thing big and small

You’ve been there by my side through thick and thin, through good times and bad and you’ve done all those small things that a mum does. Thank you, I didn’t go unnoticed.

To my wife, who is always considering our children’s needs before her own, thanks. For every dinner, for every sock that founds it’s partner, for every drop off and pickup, thanks.

Happy mother’s day mum!

Noticing things that others do and expressing your thanks can bring instant intimacy back into your relationship.

Research has shown that successful couples maintain a 5:1 ratio of positive to negative interactions. Considering this and noticing the small things that others do and expressing simple messages of appreciation like, “I really enjoyed dinner tonight” “you really look great today,” and, “thanks for doing the laundry!” will go a long way. As John Gottman says: making deposits into the emotional bank account will come in handy during times of stress and conflict.

Assessing your relationships with your partner and your children

The Parenting Version of PREPARE/ENRICH is designed to guide couples through the emotions of parenting by empowering them with insight into their parenting style, family dynamics, and couple relationship.

When should the Parenting Version be administered?

The Parenting Version is a good choice for any committed couple whose primary concerns are children and parenting issues. While the Parenting Version does assess some relational constructs (communication, conflict resolution, finances, partner styles & habits, and relationship dynamics), the main focus is on parenting issues.

Frequently asked questions:

  • Is it appropriate for couples in blended (step) families?
    Yes, the Parenting Version is customized by the couple based on background questions they answer regarding children.
  • Can it be used with single parents?
    No, like all PREPARE/ENRICH assessments, the Parenting Version is a relationship assessment which assumes the couple is in a committed relationship with one another.
  • How many children/teens can be considered as part of the assessment?
    In addition to global parenting/child/teen statements, the Parenting Version provides each parent the opportunity to evaluate their style of parenting with one to four children. If couples are parenting more than four children, they should select the children most relevant to the parenting issues they are managing.
  • Do the children/teens also complete the assessment?
    No, the Parenting Version is only completed by the parents. However, the facilitator will need the first name, gender and ages of the children in order to type them into the system so the couple can answer questions about the children.
  • What information is needed to set up a couple?
    The facilitator will need the couple’s information (first name and email address) and the following information about each child: first name, age, and gender. The Facilitator will also have the option to include the Family Spiritual Beliefs scale.
  • Would it be appropriate for parents of a newborn?
    No, the parenting scales address issues of discipline, rules and parent-child communication.
  • Can it be used in a group setting?
    Yes, it could be used in a parent education/support/enrichment group setting.

Getting Started:

For Parents:

  • To get started with the Parenting Version of PREPARE/ENRICH, you will need to locate a qualified facilitator of relationship and parental education. PREPARE/ENRICH Certified facilitators can be located in your area by contacting PREPARE/ENRICH or by using the search facility on the website: For Couples

For Facilitators:

  • To get started with the Parenting Version of PREPARE/ENRICH, you will need to become PREPARE/ENRICH Certified by attending a Workshop.
  • Once trained, Contact Us to activate the Parenting Version in your facilitator account.
  • The cost to activate the Parenting Version is $40

The PREPARE/ENRICH Parenting Version is Now Available: Register here >

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 the Parenting Version or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: www.prepare-enrich.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049 #prepareenrich