Disagreements and arguments are completely normal but if they are becoming a problem then help is at hand. Relationship Matters is a new partnership between Sheffield City Council and 14 other Local Authorities across Yorkshire and Humber Region getting together to help families.
Relationship Matters is a new partnership between 15 Local Authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber Region helping families who may be having relationship difficulties. The new website is being launched to offer families information, tips and help and what better time as the coronavirus is leading to big changes in the way we live our everyday lives. Whether couples are together or separated, disagreements are completely normal. But evidence shows that regular conflict has a big impact on children.
All relationships have tricky moments it is how they’re experienced and resolved that matters especially at the moment for getting us through enforced self- isolation, lock down and social distancing. We are all spending longer periods of time with our loved ones and this is bound to bring about some added challenges. Whether couples together or separated the way they communicate can impact on their relationship and their children.
Relationship Matters can help everyone recognise the sign such as:
- Arguing, rows, shouting all the time with each other about things like, money, how you parent, housework
- Are they worried about splitting up?
- Is there sulking, silent treatment, slamming doors or walking away from each other
- Are they anxious or worried which gets in the way of managing everyday life?
- Are they not able to say sorry after an argument and move on?
- Are they using hurtful texts, emails or Facebook against each other?
The website can give everyone tips, information and help to stay calm, work out what needs to happen and signpost in order to get some help. For more information go to www.relationshipmatters.org.uk/
As well as this website, We have two new groups for parents to access, specifically designed to respond to the increased stress on couples who are doing their best to co-parent but finding it difficult to work as a team. There are different groups depending on whether you are parenting together as a couple, or apart. To find out more about these, go to: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/social-care/positive-parenting.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said:
“I know, from being a mum myself, that being a parent isn’t easy at the best of times so when, like now, we are going through challenging times, when we are anxious about our family and friends and we’re all being asked to stay at home all together, 24/7, which we’re not used to, it can put added pressure and strain on our relationships. You might be worried, concerned or frightened but please remember there is help and support with relationships.
“The focus of Relationship Matters is on relationships where there is conflict and difficulties, but where things are mostly respectful, and equal.
“However, if you have any concerns around controlling or coercive behaviour, violence or fear, please seek advice by telephoning the Sheffield helpline on 0808 808 2241 (Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm) or by using the webchat idas.org.uk between 3pm-6pm each day during the week.
“Remember to take care and stay safe and look after yourself.’