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Fabafterfifty: Family Matters

  1. Relationships over 50: How to rekindle your relationship when the children leave home

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    Article by Ar’nie Krogh After the initial ‘Honeymoon’ period and excitement of building a home together, things will have inevitably gotten hectic with the arrival of kids. There’s school runs, PTA meetings and football matches in the early years. Then comes the more serious, problematic teenage years, which are bound to keep your household exciting. You may or may not have had too many cross words between your kids and your partner, but before you know it, these little birds have left home, and you’re left with the ‘empty nest syndrome’. Silver divorces are on the rise It’s a sad fact that today, silver divorces are on the rise. These are couples who are divorcing in their 50’s and above and are the same people who were the pioneers of a 2...
  2. A Celebration of a Very Special Life

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    Article by Gina Kirkham “… oh, and I don’t want soggy butties and people weeping and wailing at my funeral. I want a party, a damned good knees up, is that a deal?” Sheila Jane Radestock January 2006 (My Mum) I’ve lost track over the years as to how many times the phrase ‘I don’t want soggy butties’ whispers through my mind. Normally it springs to the fore at some poor unfortunate’s traditional funeral where the sandwiches alternate between being squashed and soggy or stale and curled up at the edges…..…and that then makes me wonder how others viewed my Mum’s funeral, or Celebration of Life as we preferred to call it. Is it ever truly possible, or even normal, to say you had a wonderful time...
  3. The Importance of International Bereaved Mother’s Day

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    Article by Alexis Marie Chute You have probably noticed the Mother’s Day advertisements plastered on every available sign and windowfront for the last month. Marketers won’t let you forget about celebrating your mom, your grandma, and the mother of your children, particularly if that’s you! However, these ads can provoke a painful reaction in some women and couples, which is one important reason why International Bereaved Mother’s Day is so important. This celebration is typically not covered much in mainstream media, but is critical for the multitude of people that are grieving for a child. International Bereaved Mother’s Day was started by Carly Marie Dudly in Australia and has been embraced by people around the world. This year, the remembrance day takes place on May 7,...
  4. After the Death of his Mum: How I have tried to help my husband get through his grief

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    Article by Juliet Young When my mother-in-law fell seriously ill last summer it came as such a shock to our whole family that we had no idea how to react. Why her? She was surely the healthiest of us all. Only seventy-two years old and fighting fit. After early retirement she had started to run regularly and had completed several 10km races, coming in at just over an hour. Pretty damn good for her age! She ate well, hardly drank any alcohol, always carefully looking after her body and her skin. She was a slim, beautiful Jackie Kennedy lookalike and a real inspiration for the younger women in our family. I knew her for almost thirty years and never once saw her...
  5. In-Law Holiday Survival Tips: 4 Tips to Help You Keep Your Sanity

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      By Dr. Deanna Brann, Clinical Psychotherapist and author of Reluctantly Related Revisited: Breaking Free of the  Mother-in-Law/Daughter-in-Law Conflict     The holidays are approaching, and you know what that means—family time! Whether you are hosting your son and daughter-in-law or spending the day in their home, even the best of relationships can be challenged during this stress-laden time. But what happens when your relationship with your daughter-in-law is, how shall I say, prickly or problematic? Have you hoped that this year things will go differently? Are you thinking, Why do we always have to have drama and tension? Can’t we just this once have a sane holiday together as a “normal” family?   The key to going from dread to delight is as simple as shifting your perspective slightly, which in turn makes it easier...
  6. How to Get Involved In Your Grandchild’s Education

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    Article by Naomi Webb All good grandparents want the best for their grandchildren. Of course, this extends to supporting their learning and development too, but not all of us know how to go about doing this. For instance, what’s the appropriate way to get involved? What role should we play? How can we take on responsibility without treading on parents’ and teachers’ toes? Well, here’s a few suggestions.   Quality time First, recognise that quality time is one of the best educational gifts you can give your grandchildren. When you manage to get some one to one time with your them, do what you did with your own children: show them interesting things, introduce them to a range of flavours and textures, play imaginative games with them and encourage them...
  7. MUM’S THE BOSS: Lady Robinson (and her daughter Kate) share the secrets on keeping it in the family

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    Article by Therese With British Mother’s Day approaching  I have been thinking a lot about my own relationship with Kate, who is not only my beautiful daughter she’s also a consultant for my promotional work. The mother daughter relationship is a complex one but like any other, when the chemistry is right, it can make for a great partnership. We might be divided by the Atlantic Ocean (I’m in LA and Kate is in London) but we have some clear rules of engagement that make for a powerful dynamic. Mum’s Point of View for Working Together Therese:   Dress for success. At home I’ll be at the computer writing in my pyjamas, but I do my best to look pulled together when I’m at meetings. Kate always looks polished and professional. This helps set...
  8. Tips on what to do if you are in a toxic relationship or friendship

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    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw You Can’t Change Who They Are It’s virtually impossible to change a person’s perception and behaviour, but you can change the way you deal with them.  Those who possess bullying traits thrive on confrontation, but if you take a calmer and a more confident approach, they’re less likely to challenge you. Negative Energy Toxic personalities are very good at passing their negative energy onto others around them and using others as metaphorical punching bag.  Show kindness and empathy where it’s due, but be aware that negative energy can very quickly be transferred onto you if you’re not cautious; and remember insults are simply unacceptable. Set Your Boundaries It’s very easy to give into their demands for a calmer and more peaceful life, but this is not healthy nor is it conducive...
  9. Midlife Divorce: Stage 3 How to Rebuild Your Life

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    Article and Interview by Ceri Wheeldon The fourth and final interview in our video series with divorce mentor Liz Copeland as she looks at how to rebuild your life as the divorce process nears its completion.   Issues addressed in this video include: Rebuilding Your Life post Divorce  Self esteem/confidence may be at a low – how do you rebuild it and how important is it at this stage? When negotiating what you want in divorce proceedings how do you ensure that you have the strength to stand up for what you want? How do you do this without coming across as deranged or too aggressive? How do you handle how your soon to be ex husband’s behaviour through this?   The other videos in this series on divorce include: Video 1 outlines the 3  Stages of...
  10. Midlife Divorce: Stage 2 How to handle the practical and legal aspects

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    Article and interview by Ceri Wheeldon In this third video in our midlife divorce interview series with divorce mentor Liz Copeland, Liz discusses the practical and legal issues that need to be addressed as the divorce process progresses. Stage 2 Practical and legal What should somebody going through a divorce be doing at this stage? What is required in terms of financial information, lawyers, communicating with ex, entering negotiations etc. The other videos in our divorce interview series are: Video 1 outlines the 3  Stages of a Divorce – and the role a divorce mentor can play Video 2 covers Stage One of a Divorce – Coming to terms with the emotional aspects ...
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