Posts By: Peter Law

Women more prone to affairs

Stats show women are 40% more likely to have affairs than 20 years ago. Relate counsellor Denise Knowles says:  “Women [having affairs] can be frightened to let go of the marriage but honesty is always the best way. “If you communicate your problems and admit your affair, your marriage might have the chance of succeeding,”… Read more »

The price of being ‘Mummy’s favourite’

Adults who think they are their mother’s favourite child have an increased risk of depression, according to a new study. Researchers think that both being the target of sibling rivalry, and feeling committed towards their parent, can take their toll on preferred children.  Professor Jill Suitor, Purdue University, Indiana, US, who led the study, says:… Read more »

Heroes take a bow

Not just one, but TWO Relate Bedfordshire and Luton team members won ‘Heroes’ awards at a national Relate conference. Relate Heroes are recognised each year for their services to the charity. For 2015, counselling services manager Tina Miller was presented with a ‘Heroes’ award for her 26 years’ service to the local Relate in the… Read more »

The pain’s the same

In an interview for the Telegraph on the hurt of being defriended on Facebook, Relate counsellor Arabella Russell says: “Social media can be a great source of communication, but it can also be a great battering ram on the self-esteem. “If you’re dropped, it can have a really visceral effect: ‘What have I done?’ It’s… Read more »

Let’s go for the least painful way possible

No-fault divorce was the subject of a Ten Minute Rule Bill debated in the House of Commons. We support this motion. Divorce in England and Wales requires one person to accuse the other of adultery / unreasonable behaviour / desertion to have their divorce granted within two years of marriage breakdown. Research has found that 27%… Read more »

How to stop arguments spinning out of control

Have you noticed that arguments with your partner often blow up before getting resolved? Do disagreements easily pass the point of no return? Do you sometimes both say things you’ll regret later before one of you storms out? Many couples bring this destructive pattern of conflict to counselling, and we’ve witnessed how hurt and exhausted… Read more »

Tips for dating

Be positive – Make sure you’re in a good place and feeling fulfilled first before you try and get into a new relationship. Looking to another person to make you happy will not last and is likely to create unwanted pressures and resentments down the line. Keep your friends close – Develop and maintain a strong network… Read more »

‘Age no barrier to love’

Research from Relate shows that 23% of 55 to 65-year-olds have met at least one partner through a dating website or app. The statistics also reveal that nearly twice the number of men compared with women are getting married in their sixties. Relate Bedfordshire and Luton CEO Angela Foll says that relationships are important no… Read more »