Module 11: Relationships
Module 11 addresses issues around communication skills and other problems in adult intimate relationships. This moduleis used when the parent would benefit from learning how to communicate effectively with their partner or when their relationship is experiencing difficulties.
Having a supportive and responsible partner is a major factor contributing to success in parenting. On the other hand, an erratic, demanding or violent partner, or a partner who is still using drugs detracts considerably from a person's ability to parent. Improving relationships for distressed parents is an important goal.
However, it is probably unrealistic to believe that all relationships can be improved. For some parents the goal of this unit may be:
- to leave a destructive relationship,
- to use the skills learnt in other sections on PUP to learn to tolerate a partner's erratic or demanding behaviour,
- to learn to say no to a drug using partners invitation to use drugs.