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  1. What About Me? Maintaining a relationship with your ex-boyfriend’s kids post-breakup

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    Article By Dani Alpert How did I feel when my boyfriend Julian and I broke up after nearly eight years and the fate of my relationships with his kids, Nicole and Tyler, unknown? It felt like I’d been fired, asked to pack up my belongings and leave the house key under the mat. For years, my identity had everything to do with Julian and the kids. I contorted, knotted, and sacrificed, investing my time and emotional energy into our relationships. And over time, I fell in love with them, only to see it all implode. I remember my first thought was, “What happens now? What happens to me and Nicole and Tyler? Could I still call myself the Girlfriend Mom? Was I the Ex-Girlfriend Mom?” The kids and I...
  2. How To Move On From a Relationship over 50

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    There’s no getting around the fact that breaking up is hard to do. While things will eventually feel better, in the early days, it can be pretty difficult to handle. And it’s not hard to see why: it may not have been the perfect relationship, but there were good times, and in any case, it was a big part of your life that you’ve now lost. If you find yourself in this situation, then take a look at some of the tips we’ve outlined below, which will put you on the right path towards putting the relationship behind you. Get Closure If you’re not the one who ended things, then one of the more traumatic aspects...
  3. Expectancy: the secret to finding love at any age

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    Article by Penelope Winters Many women spend time obsessing over which attitude will best serve them in their quest for love in later life; whether they have loved and lost before or are yet to experience the delight that is first love. One question many friends have asked me over the years is if it, and by “it” I mean the relationship they have been waiting for, will happen when they least expect it or if they should approach the task of finding a partner in a mentally pro-active way: meditating, visualising, affirming all with a view to magnetising a wonderful man into their lives. Both recommendations have their merits, some think that a boiling pot never boils and that by concentrating too much energy on...
  4. How to End a Toxic Relationship: Divorcing over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It’s never too late to start over. Ending a relationship or marriage is never easy – at any age, but once we are in our 50s and beyond it can appear to be more daunting.  Is the relationship really toxic or are you just going trough a bad patch? If you are in a toxic relationship you have probably had your confidence eroded gradually over a number of years, with your partner convincing you that any issues in the relationship are totally down to you. You have probably been isolated from family and friends as your partner has attempted to exert more control over all aspects of your life. Do you want to escape? You may feel trapped and worried, but there’s hope. You can...
  5. Can You Ignore These Red Flags in a Relationship?

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    Starting a new relationship in your 50s and beyond can be daunting. The red flags you see in a relationship aren’t always a sign of trouble. You may still be able to have a successful and happy relationship, even if your relationship does have some characteristics that could cause issues for others. Sometimes, what may be red flags for some don’t apply to others. Plus, you may have a healthy system for overcoming challenges before they become too big for you. Consider these red flags: Your family hates your partner. One common red flag in a relationship is that your family disapproves of your partner. However, this doesn’t mean you have to separate or break up. Does your family dislike your partner? Do they criticise them every time they...
  6. What To Do if You or Your Spouse Has a Midlife Crisis

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    There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the idea of a midlife crisis. Maybe it’s a myth. Maybe it comes in so many different variations that it’s hard to describe. Still, many adults go through a stage where they feel washed up or question the meaning of their lives. They may follow the old stereotype of buying a sports car or join the newer trend of excessive exercise. Whether you visit a Jaguar dealership or a gym, the reaction often has more to do with specific events than with age. You’ll usually find some trigger such as divorce or the death of a parent. Plus, with the average lifespan growing longer, you could experience quarterly upheavals. Fortunately, these transitions offer positive opportunities as well as dilemmas....
  7. Podcast :Therapist and counsellor Wendy Gregory talks about how to recognise a narcissist

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    Ceri Wheeldon of Fab after Fifty talks to therapist  Wendy Gregory about how to recognise a narcissist. A topic which has proven to be of enormous interest when we have discussed dating over 50 on the Fab after Fifty website. This is the first of a series of 3 interviews on recognising and dealing with narcissists. Also available on itunes   In this episode Wendy will share: How to recognise the signs of narcissistic behaviour. The three phases of a relationship with a narcissist – love bombing, devalue, discard. What is involved in each...
  8. Crime writer Julie D Jones talks about working with her husband

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    Article by Julie D. Jones Working with a partner is not always a walk in the park! When you get two strong personalities working together there are times when you inevitably disagree and need a strategy to work out your differences. As a crime writer, married to an experienced forensic expert, it was only natural for me to seek advice and detailed information from my husband. With a background in nursing it helps that we have a lot of things in common; we can discuss certain drugs/medications and the effects on the body, also from seeing gunshot wounds we can discuss the carnage created from firearms and the types of guns used in shootings. From time to time Terry and I disagree with scenes in my books. We try to...
  9. How to avoid dating a narcissist

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    Interview  by Ceri Wheeldon with Wendy Gregory There is so much talk about narcissism in the press and media today, and it would appear that in most instances it is women being targeted by men. For those women over 50 returning to dating, it creates an extra are of concern – especially if dating online. I asked psychologist Wendy Gregory, who has supported many women who have found themselves in relationships with narcissists, for her tips to identify a narcissist, and to avoid getting drawn in as narcissistic ‘supply’. How do we avoid getting drawn into a narcissist’s circle? First of all , when it comes to relationships, for a narcissist the relationship is all about them. What they can gain and how it makes them...
  10. 5 Mistakes we all make on Valentine’s Day

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    Article by Carole Ann Rice With Valentine’s Day coming in fast, many of us are scrambling to create the perfect day for our partners. However, while the adverts may be telling us that we need to spend a lot of money and splashout, the pressures of Valentine’s Day can cause all the effort to be a waste. Most of Top Life Coach Carole Ann Rice’s work focuses on making people the best versions of themselves. Here, she shares the 5 Valentine’s Day mistakes that we all make. 1. Making assumptions – despite what adverts may say, not everyone wants a box of chocolates, a bottle of prosecco and a teddy bear with a love message. Rather than just following clichés and making assumptions,...
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