Healthy relationships can be attributed to 5 main areas; Love, Respect, Trust, Honesty and Communication.

Love is assumed for a marriage or ‘loving; partnership”, but is not necessary for any other kind of relationship. More important perhaps for a ‘non-loving’ relationship is respect. This is critical, because without respect you cannot start to empathize with each other.  Following on from respect is trust. You cannot have a close relationship with somebody if there is no trust. Now trust comes with time and is a direct result of honesty. If you can’t be honest with the person in your relationship, then they cannot trust nor have respect for you. The biggest piece of the puzzle is of course, communication. Without communication, you cannot have any of the above. Think about it. If you don’t communicate, if you don’t tell somebody where you’re going or what you’re doing, are they going to think that you’re being honest? When we talk about communication, we mean full and open communication. Being ready to explain and also ready to apologize.

No relationship is more important than that of the family. Without the family, life can be very lonely. And again trust and communication play a huge role. With young children, they trust the parent implicitly, but of course as they grow older that trust can sometimes be tested. Equally, the parent has to learn to trust the child. Without that trust, the child will always be questioning and testing.

It is so important to have a strong relationship with all close family members. There is nothing more unsettling in a household than bad feeling and constant argument amongst the family.

This close relationship is immediately visible to anybody from outside looking in. think about it for a moment, think of families that you know, and immediately you can identify those that are really close and those that just happen to live under the same roof. If you know the family well, ask them what makes them a close family? What do they do that you can copy?

The closeness of the family unit creates a 'safe haven' for all in that family, a place where the individual can relax after whatever the day has thrown at them. It also provides a 'forum' for individuals, and especially children to share their daily experiences. The ability to talk about their worries and concerns and to ask for advice from a 'safe source' rather than opinion from the 'street', is what makes the family a successful unit.

Learning how to achieve the relationships you want is what you will gain by attending this workshop.