Relationships are a big part of life
Whether it’s with partners, children, neighbours, wider family or friends, work colleagues or anything and everything in between, they affect every part of our lives.
Everyone’s relationships are different, but sometimes we face similar issues.
We know that there are key times in our lives when our relationships come under added stress such as having a baby, losing our job or being diagnosed with a long-term health condition.
The coronavirus outbreak has also changed the way we live our everyday lives. Our relationships have been hugely important for getting us through this but may also have been under extra pressure.
If your family is going through a difficult time, you might find the information on these websites useful.
Carmarthenshire families can log on and use a free One Plus One digital resource – it includes:
“Me, You and Baby Too” for new and expectant parents. You can find out about what babies pick up from you, even before they are born, how you and your partner can best support each other, how to talk to bring up difficult topics and how arguments start and how to stop them.
“Arguing Better” for parents who want to learn healthy ways to cope with stress. Discover more about how to support each other during stressful times and the best way to talk about problems so that you can find solutions together.
“Getting it Right for Children” for separating or separated parents experiencing high levels of conflict. This looks at how stay calm and listen as well as talk, why it’s helpful to see things from a different point of view and what to do to stop a discussion from turning into an argument.
When parents argue, they don’t always see how it affects their children. This collection of videos helps parents see family arguments from their children’s point of view and offers different ways of handling disagreements. https://www.seeitdifferently.org/
Sorting out Separation Provides information to help separated parents work together to achieve what’s best for their children. It also provides Information on a range of topics including co-parenting, mediation and childcare arrangements. https://www.gov.uk/separation-divorce
Parenting Together – Supporting Children Through Separation
This is a simple and effective guide designed to help separated parents understand how to work together to identify what their children need most and support them through a separation.
Action for Children advice and support on relationships, parent wellbeing, separation and divorce
Welsh Government ‘Parenting – Give it Time’ offers Tips and Expert Advice for Parenting Challenges
Action for Children will give you down-to-earth parenting advice you can trust. Find answers to parenting questions in advice articles or talk to a parenting coach about anything that’s worrying you. It’s all free, and no topic is too big, small, or embarrassing.
Family Lives offer free and confidential information and advice on all aspects of family life including child development, issues with schools, parenting and relationship support, aggression in the home, bullying, teenage risky behaviour, and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. It includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members. You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it’s important to tell someone and remember you’re not alone.
You can also call the helpline on 0808 8010 800 or visit Live Fear Free for more information and sources of support