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Fabafterfifty: Family Matters

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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 ...
  7. Midlife Divorce: Coming to terms with the emotional aspects

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    In this second of our video interviews discussing midlife divorce with divorce mentor Liz Copeland , Liz offers her tips on coping with the first stage of divorce – coming to terms with the emotional aspects and the changes that a divorce will bring to your life. These are just some of the questions Liz will address in this video interview. Stage One  of Divorce At the beginning – irrespective of who made the decision, there is a huge shift in life and mindset – what are the key issues people need to address at this stage? How much should you look to friends/family for support? Many women are used to being self sufficient – and don’t like to ask for help- what you advise them to do?   Other videos in our divorce interview series: ...
  8. Are You Ready to Become a Grandparent?

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    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw The role and demands on grandparents are changing because of new socio-economic pressures, so whilst you’re immersed in the anticipation and excitement of the new arrival, unexpected friction and conflict can often occur if you’re not prepared, according to cognitive psychologist Dr Lynda Shaw. “The role of the grandparents is ever changing.  Baby boomer grandparents may take on a huge chunk of the childcare responsibilities whilst mums return to work, whether it’s doing the school run, helping when the children are ill or stepping in to lend a hand during the school holidays.  This is not new in society.  But now and in the near future the sandwich generation will find themselves still working well into their sixties,...
  9. The Sandwich Generation: Are Women Bearing the Burden Well?

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    Article by Sandy Sidhu Back in the day, it was the norm for women to take on the role as full time carers and look after their parents within their own home.  But as times have changed, the pressures on women to bring up their own children, have a successful marriage and have a career, as well as caring for their elderly parents is greater than ever. The problem mainly lies in the fact that women are proud to be perceived as capable multitaskers who can do it all, but in reality, the enormity of each of these responsibilities can cause a knock on effect ultimately resulting in health decline and strain on the family.  With the constant juggling and striving for perfection in all of these duties, it has never been so...
  10. How to Support Relatives with Dementia at Christmas

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    Article by Maizie Mears-Owen Everyone wants Christmas to be magical but if your family includes someone living with dementia, that can present challenges which add to your stress levels. Maizie Mears-Owen, Care UK’s head of dementia services, offers advice on how support relatives with dementia at Christmas so that everyone can relax and feel loved and included in the festivities: Before the big day, get everyone together and have fun over the arts and crafts table. Christmas cards are easy to make and the shops have plenty of traditional paper chain kits which are the perfect way to engage an older person in the Christmas preparations. Why not gently lead loved ones living with dementia into the festive season and increase their wellbeing using a technique I have devised called the...
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