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  • Topic 1

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    Love, Romance and Reality

    Discover exactly what are the multiple advantages of being in a relationship. And what is the definition of true love? Consider the 4 stages of relationships from Romance right through to Resolution. Encounter the various disturbing actions that true love does not do. Experience one of the most beautiful descriptions written about the character of love written down nearly 2000 years ago and then use it to creatively reflect on your own love language and style.

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    What Do You Expect?

    Many relationships fail when expectations are not met! Discover what the 3 different types of expectations are, how to recognise them and how to deal with them. Successful relationships are often based on clear expectations, as couples have taken some time to sit down and work through a basic contract together, so as to arrive at a consensus on what they expect of each other. This strategy greatly assists with building up great conflict resolution skills.

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    Why Can't You Be More Like Me?

    Everyone initially wants their partner to be "like them." Friendship is based on mutual interests. However, two people who are basically identical will struggle with the relationship. Many people are also attracted by their unique differences. Discover just WHO you are in a brief Temperament inventory. Encounter the four different personality types which will help you relate to your partner and your family of origin. An invaluable topic which covers the basics of understanding ourselves and the differences of others.

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    Communication: How Misunderstandings Happen

    Communication seems so simple at first. Then reality sets into the relationship. Why does talking and listening have to be so hard? Everytime we speak there are at least 4 versions of our words that have to be evaluated: 1. What we meant to say. 2. What we actually said. 3. What the other person heard us say. 4. What the other person interpreted our words to mean. Learn how feedback is the way we check out if our interpretation is correct. The way we listen will also determine the future direction of the whole relationship.

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    Patterns Run in Families

    Ever wondered why your partner's family is so different to your own family of origin? Family patterns can be uncanny and are more than just inheriting grandpa's nose! We learn how to deal with our emotional side from what we see in our families. Encounter the flight or fight paradigm that most people resort to under pressure. Is there a significant difference between the Pseudo-self and the Real self? Find out how some people deal with emotionally traumatic families.

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    Conflict Management

    What is the bad news here? That conflict is inevitable! We are all wired to be different. The good news is that conflict management can be done constructively and without physical or verbal abuse. What can we learn from new perspectives on aggression, submission and assertion? When conflict goes unresolved - what are the four main outcomes? Discover 13 tips for dealing with conflict. Check out the roots of anger and is forgiveness an option in the real world?

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    Intimacy and Sex

    Do you know what are the 5 different languages of love? Are you currently fulfilling one of those inner needs in your partner? Why not? Yes, sex can be reduced to just an indoor sport, but what are some powerful strategies for building or rebuilding intimacy. What do the marriage therapists say are the 5 main ways of creating a loving and lasting relationship? If headaches persist after reading this topic - you'd better see a counsellor!

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    For Richer, For Poorer: Love and Money

    What do you think is the greatest stressor in a couple's relationship? How money is used or misused always comes in at number one! It is the greatest source of conflict. How we use money goes back to our childhood, family, feelings of self-worth, employment and is a virtual minefield of unexploded expectations! What can be done? Learn 5 common approaches to dealing with money. Recognise that a lot of money issues are tied up with feelings of power. Plus you will encounter 7 steps to finally getting your money worries under control.

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    What Kind of Parent Are You?

    You will be relieved to hear that there is not just one correct parenting style - so that's a relief! However, people today often slip into parenthood without much thought and find that they do less to qualify for it, than they once did to pass their car license! Find out which parenting style you fit into from the 5 different approaches. Learn which parenting styles go to extremes and what to do about it. There is also a guide for parents to reassure them of how to cope with the everyday rigours that children bring into their lives.

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    The Psychology of Love

    Unmet emotional needs are a huge cause of learning and behavioural problems today. Parents today are under work pressure and their children feel it via emotional pressure. Can parents and kids talk openly without there being an inquisition? Be aware of 4 inappropriate forms of imitational love and how to avoid them. Discover what are 5 special ways to show children unconditional love. By filling up their little emotional tanks they can go further and faster and be happy!

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    Communicating With Your Children

    One of the top ten stressors for father's was coming home from work and having to talk with their children! Learn 4 great tips for how to best communicate with the kids. Find out about how to listen carefully (for feelings) to what they are really trying to tell you in little people language. Understand what strategies to use for liars. Encounter ways to teach them to fight fairly, without resorting to violence or verbal abuse. Children love to talk. They'd just love you to talk back and be more interested in their world!

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    Discipline: Love and Limits

    Ever been amazed at huge temper tantrums by kids who's parents seem unfazed? Will those kids grow up to be terrorists? Discipline is not a dirty word! But it is the thing that most parents get wrong. In one generation it was overdone and then the next one comes along and let's it slip! What are the aims, limits and boundaries of real discipline for children? Learn 3 methods for effective control and what are the worst way to discipline kids. Finally understand where forgiveness and reconciliation fit into the world of a child. And remember that loving discipline should always be redemptive.

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    Preventing Addiction

    One major concern for parents today is worrying about what substances are being offered to their children. Why do people do drugs? Learn about 4 different types of users and 5 ways in which it is best to prevent addictions. The big 3 are Anger, Sadness and Fear. How do you successfully manage these with the kids? What are some features of an addictive lifestyle. Can our children inherit our lifestyle addictions? Discover how to keep them safe.

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    Successful Families

    Some families seem to naturally succeed, whilst others seem to fragment and fall apart. Are there secrets which help a family stick together and work through their issues? This topic comprehensively addresses 13 characteristics of successful families. What are they? What do they do? How do they live? What do they say? When our society today has such popular comedic role models like The Simpson's and The Family Guy, we might prefer to be able to refer to some moral compass to guide us away from some of the dangers of our modern life.