Maintaining healthy relationships with members of the family is not easy but when you attempt to bring two families together things can get really tricky.
You’ve met your new partner and you both have children of your own. The holidays are coming up and you think this might be a good time for everyone to meet. You may be feeling anxious at the prospect. What if they don’t get along with each other? Where should the first encounter happen? Maybe we should meet for a walk in the park, lunch, dinner… drinks? What’s the right thing to do and how can we give ourselves the best chance of success?
We’ll explore with you the expectations of all parties as well as pros and cons of numerous strategies. We’ll discuss what to take into account and how to prepare the children but above all we will support you to stay on track through the whole process.
Many families need to take on a new addition to the family that will affect its daily dynamic. This can be a grand-parent, a family friend, lodger, children and/or grand-children coming back home. Whichever the scenario it is clear that at least some adaption will be required. We will help you approach the challenge with a creative and open approach that will enable you to put in place a new setting that will suit everyone in the household and thus avoid any clashes and conflicts.
You’ve decided to make some big changes (Moving country, getting married, adopting a child…) and it’s time to tell your family and close friends about your plans. You are anticipating some judgments from them and worry on how it might affect you and your relationships. Working with us will allow you to prepare for it and manage any possible reaction your entourage may have. You may even choose to work with us while the process of establishing a new normal takes place so you can adapt and climb each step towards your vision.
You’ve recently separated from your partner and it is now time to figure out a way to minimise the fallout including a new routine for the kids, who will keep the dog, the car, the house. We understand that when money is involved things can escalate quite rapidly.
You want a smooth transition but you just don’t seem to see eye to eye and each time you find yourselves in the same room a new war starts - You both know how to push the others buttons. There is always a way and we can create the perfect package for you, with a mix of one to one and couples sessions to help you deal with your feelings and emotions prior to you meeting up so progress can happen as smoothly as possible for the best outcome possible. It is possible to separate in a kind and compassionate way. We can even work with you on the process from start to finish. By working together you will both reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
Losing a loved one can be devastating and it can take some time to get use to a life without them. Grief is a winding path to navigate with many undulations along the way. As well as feeling the loss deeply, you will undoubtedly feel many fears and anxieties. Perhaps you are not sure what to do or how to do it. We will work with you in exploring the future and the start of a new phase in your life. We can explore what might interest you and break down those limiting belief which prevent you from doing what you really want – to enjoy life again! There is light at the end of the tunnel and we will help you reach it.
These are difficult times and the family life is under strain like never before. You may be separated and isolated or you may be all on top of each other. These times present an extreme spectrum of experience that can cause real damage to any family unit.
We can work with you either as an individual or as a whole unit to work through the challenges our modern world continues to present to us. Enforced change can leave us with a sense of powerlessness over our lives. While it is true that there are many things outside of our control but there is also a lot that is within it. We can help you connect and creatively evolve with these changing and fluid times. By developing the right mindset and habits our families can flourish despite any enforced restrictions on daily life. Our mental health is vital in such times, We are here to help you get the help and support you need.
The above scenarios give you a taste of the work we do but there really is no limit to the variety of challenges families bring to us either as an individual struggling with family life, a couple wanted to address their relationship challenges or a whole family unit.
We are all unique with differing strengths and weaknesses. The work we do at Family Life Coaches is to enhance your individual strengths and use them as a spring board to an improved life for you and your family.