Friends & Family

The Gap Plan; How to Avoid Catastrophe When the Sh!t Hits the Fan

Would your household fall apart if you had to take a week off? A gap plan is a great way to plan in advance for the inevitable lows of life, and to put support systems in place for your friends & family. Tara Thomas & Kia Handley talk about what needs to go into a…

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Is Gossip Bad for Relationships?

Social scientists define gossip as ‘sharing about people who aren’t there’. So is gossip bad for relationships? Are there different types of gossip? Tara Thomas & Kia Handley discuss the gossip spectrum and how to be better at pro-social behaviours.
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Should You Keep That Old Friendship?

Friendships can change depending on the stage of your life, as well as whether you are both growing & changing at the same pace and in the same ways. One of the hardest things to know is when should you put the effort into maintaining an old friendship? And when is it time to let it go? The Sugar Doctor and Kia Handley talk about navigating friendship.
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Will Keeping a Secret End Your Relationship?

The 2021 Australia Talks survey has shown that between 9-14% of Australians (depending on age groups) are keeping a secret that they think would end a relationship within their family or with their partner.
What are the considerations when you are deciding if it is a secret for keeping? or for sharing?
The Sugar Doctor and Kia Handley discuss the complexities of keeping a secret.
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Smashed Glass symbolising fragile friendships

Do You Have Fragile Friendships? 30 Tips to Turn Fragility Into Longevity

How fragile are your friendships? I mean, let’s get real here; What happens if someone doesn’t reply to a text? What do you do if it’s “too hard” to arrange a catch-up? Which of your invisible rules have you articulated to your friends? Are you flexible and generous in your interpretations?

Relationships can be tricky at the best of times, and often it’s a lack of relational skill that leads to fragile friendships.

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The 5 Invisible Friendship Rules

The best of my friendships are found in that sweet spot between shared interests & values, great communication, and aligned “rules” of engagement. That is, once we meet the criteria of being friends, the depth is dictated by the degree of match between our secret invisible criteria for successful relationships. It is definitely possible to…

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