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Starting a New Relationship
A new relationship can be wonderful and scary all at the same time. It can raise some serious challenges and questions. Here we address some of the issues that you may face as you form a new relationship. Use the checklist below to explore whether you – and your relationship – are ready for a long term commitment:
How ready are you for a committed relationship?
When you’re wondering whether your new relationship is a good candidate for a long-term commitment there’s a lot to take into account. This checklist focuses on maturity in a number of different areas.
Answering these questions may help you and your partner to get a fresh perspective on how ready you are right now to make and sustain an ongoing commitment.
The checklist was developed by author and former counsellor Rhonda Pritchard. It is published in her book Love in the Real World, about starting and keeping close relationships.
As she says ” We don’t have to be models of maturity all the time. However, it helps a New relationship to put value on being grown-up and to make that a goal for ourselves. This is a lifetime endeavour”.
The Grown-Up Checklist
(From Love in the Real World by Rhonda Pritchard)
In what ways do we show we can each fend for ourselves?
How much self control do we each have?
Do we each take responsibility?
How do we each show signs of being able to care for someone else?
There many things to consider when going into a new relationship, just remember to take it slow and go with whats comfortable to you. Take advice from family and friends and never rush into anything you are going to regret in future.
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