Focus on Healthy Relationships

Focus on Healthy Relationships

      Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone.  It was a special day to celebrate all those important people in our lives – our partners, children, and friends.  Life is continually challenging, as we near the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.  Parents are under a lot of stress.  Not only balancing work and home life, but also the stress we are all feeling living in this isolating environment. Maintaining healthy relationships is more important now than ever before. 

Here are some helpful strategies from our partner the OneLove Foundation to maintain healthy relationship from home.   
  1. Create and agree on new schedules and routines.  
  2. Make quality time for each other. Disconnect from technology and work and do something fun!  
  3. Reach out to your loved ones. Just because you cannot see those outside of your household does not mean you can’t talk to them.  
  4. Remember, conflict is okay. Stress levels are high right now and it is okay to have some conflict. Be sure to acknowledge your partners feelings and be kind to one another as you work through this adjustment together.  

See more on building healthy relationships here: The New Normal: Maintaining Healthy Relationships from Home (joinonelove.org) 


OneLove has created these ten signs of a healthy relationships10-Healthy-Signs.pdf (joinonelove.org)    
  1. Comfortable pace
  2. Honestly 
  3. Respect  
  4. Kindness 
  5. Healthy conflict  
  6. Trust  
  7. Independence 
  8. Equality 
  9. Taking responsibility 
  10. Fun 

Recognizing signs of an unhealthy relationship early can save lives. Here is the list of Ten Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship: 10-Unhealthy-Signs.pdf (joinonelove.org) These are things to look out for in your own relationship, relationships your children form, and even friends and other family members. 

 

  1. Intensity  
  2. Manipulation
  3. Sabotage
  4. Guilting 
  5. Deflecting responsibility 
  6. Possessiveness
  7. Isolation 
  8. Belittling
  9. Volatility
  10. Betrayal 

If you feel you might be in an unhealthy relationship, Onelove has put together a list of resources that can help, 24/7. Get Relationship Advice – One Love Foundation (joinonelove.org) 

 


We are thankful to have OneLove as our partner as they focus on educating young people about the importance of healthy relationships. OneLove often speaks about how healthy and unhealthy relationships go beyond just romantic relationships, it can include friendships as well. We are proud to share their wonderful work with you.  

Learn more: Learn to Love Better – One Love Foundation (joinonelove.org) 

If you or someone you know need parenting advice call our Parenting HelpLine at 1-800-243-7337!

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