Posts By: Maggie Macleod

How to decide whose family to spend Christmas with

It’s amazing how the simple question of who to spend Christmas with torments so many of us year on year. Our 2014 research report The Way We Are Now found that 90 per cent of people would like to spend Christmas with immediate family with only 54 per cent thinking that including extended family members… Read more »

My teenager has joined a gang

Finding out your teenager has joined a gang is extremely worrying and upsetting for any parent. It can leave you concerned they’ll end up on the wrong side of the law or in a violent situation. You may want to talk to them, but aren’t sure if you’ll be able to get through. Perhaps you’ve… Read more »

My partner wants to get married but I’m not ready

It’s not uncommon for a couple have different degrees of readiness when it comes to commitment or marriage. Perhaps your partner’s started dropping hints and you’re not quite sure how to react. Perhaps you’ve reached a point where it’s clear they’re expecting you to ask. Or perhaps you’ve started to argue about it and aren’t… Read more »

10 tips for a happy relationship

1. Talk constructively How you say things is as important as what you’re saying. If you and your partner are having a disagreement, don’t just attack them or go all-out criticising. Why not try using ‘I’ statements? By saying ‘I feel’ rather than ‘You always…’ you’re taking responsibility for your emotions and your partner won’t… Read more »

Why is sex so important?

Our sex lives can be wonderfully reassuring when they go well, but we all have times when we don’t feel so close to our partner and sex isn’t working the way we’d like it to. That’s why we’ve published The Relate Guide to Sex and Intimacy with Vermillion. The book aims aims to help people… Read more »