May 06, 2022
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8 must-have conversations for couples
How do you know if love will last? Some say you don’t, that it’s just luck of the draw if your love lasts over time. Many believe that the more a couple has in common, the more likely they are to be compatible over time. Others say, not so fast.
With more than 40 years of love and relationship research under their belt, The Gottman Institute says that whether love will last is more about how couples address their differences and support one another’s needs and dreams. And it all starts with these 8 conversations for couples.
The topics for discussion include:
🛡️ Trust and Commitment.
Trust is cherishing each other and showing your partner you are reliable. Choosing commitment means accepting your partner exactly as he or she is, despite their flaws.
Conflict is a part of every healthy relationship. There is purpose behind it and it is an opportunity to take your relationship to a deeper level.
🌟 Growth and Spirituality.
The only constant in a relationship is change. How each person in the relationship accommodates the growth of the other partner is key. Relationships can be more than just two individuals coming together. They can be stories of transformation and great contribution and meaning to the world.
🤑 Work and Money.
Money issues usually aren’t about money at all. Instead, they are about what money means to each person. Learning what money means to each person can help take your relationship to a totally different place.
it’s possible to co-exist with your fiancé’s siblings
Marriage is usually a package deal… I mean, yes, your greatest priority is your commitment and love for your spouse. But sometimes a fiancé comes with extras… like their family. At times, those relationships bring added joy and challenges, especially when it comes to your future spouse’s siblings.
So how do you foster a good relationship and get along with your future spouse’s siblings? Of course, a lot depends on the context. How well does your fiancé get along with their siblings? What’s their stage of life and personality? How does your fiancé’s family function overall? These factors often affect what getting along with your future spouse’s siblings looks like.
But if you keep the following tips in mind, you’re more likely to have good sibling-in-law relationships.
1. Have Realistic Expectations
2. Look for Opportunities to Support
3. Invite Them to Be a Part of Your World With Your Spouse
4. Avoid Turning Down Invitations to Be in Their World
5. Keep Your Marriage First
Fostering good relationships with your soon-to-be in-laws is a win for your future marriage.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Gena Ellis, wife to her college sweetheart, mother of 3 boys, and a Relationship Coach here at First Things First! Take a peek at her recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
💍 Things I wish I’d known before marriage– This blog is a great conversation starter for engaged couples. Plus, who doesn’t want a little insight to marriage before the big day?
🍌 Bananagrams– This is a fun game which you and your honey can play together or invite some friends and have a game night!
💒 Wedding planning do’s & don’ts– So often in planning a wedding, couples have tunnel vision. This blog helps you keep your eyes on the prize!
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