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Stronger Marriage

7 Important Skills for Every Relationship

“Have you asked each other the “Hard Questions”? Here are some pre-wedding bells topics for discussion:

  • Kids. When it comes to kids, don’t just ask your partner if they want to have kids or not. For starters, ask how many kids, when in your life will you have them, and how will you raise them?
  • Money. Find out if either one of you knows how to create a budget. Will you keep one checking account or keep separate accounts? How will you save, and how will you spend?
  • Religion. Even if you were both brought up in the same spiritual tradition, there are still questions you should ask. For example, “which holidays are we going to celebrate? Where will we celebrate them, and how?” Find out what is important to the other person and what is non-negotiable.
  • Sex. Be specific with each other and discuss what you can and cannot tolerate, and be clear and honest on what your expectations are around sex.

Also, to expand on the above information, check out the following link at http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/marriage-prep-101 for a crash course in building a marriage that can last a lifetime.


Love Connections – Great and Important Skills for Every Relationship

  • Give one another a chance to calm down - Disengaging from an interaction before something hurtful is said can take at least 25 minutes or longer before a person really calms down. Otherwise, it is easy to slip back into an emotionally charged conversation and say something that is hurtful.
  • Bring up a complaint - Bringing up a complaint about a specific issue or behavior is actually one of the healthiest activities a couple can engage in (e.g., "When you fail to call me to let me know you are going to be late, it makes me feel like you aren't being considerate of my feelings and maybe don’t care about the fact that I will worry about you").
  • Speak Non-Defensively - This kind of language is an art form that usually includes speaking with a soft voice, beginning with "I feel..." statements rather than "You..." statements, and the trust from the listener to be able to communicate effectively without eliciting defensiveness.
  • Validate – To validate another person, one must:
  • Listen by giving them your full attention.
  • Pay attention to their feelings by listening to their needs.
  • Try hard to understand their point of view.

Find more facts about marriage and other helpful tips at http://strongermarriage.org/

 

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