October 08, 2021
top trending topics
tips & tricks for growth
5 tips for getting along with your spouse’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 spouse comes with extras… like their family. At times, those relationships bring added joyand challenges, especially when it comes to your spouse’s siblings.
So how do you foster a good relationship and get along with your spouse’s siblings?
Of course, a lot depends on the context. How well does your spouse get along with their siblings? What’s their stage of life and personality? How does your spouse’s family function overall? These factors often affect what getting along with your 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 in-laws is a win for your marriage.
keys to effective communication in marriage
What are the keys to effective communication? Well, research on what makes marriage work shows that happy and healthy couples have a ratio of 5:1 positive to negative behaviors in their relationship.
This means there are five times as many positive interactions between happy couples (i.e. listening, validating the other person, using soft words, expressing appreciation, affirmation, physical affection, compliments, etc.) as there are negative (i.e. raising one’s voice, stating a complaint, or expressing one’s anger).
Tips for improving the effectiveness of communication in your relationship:
☑️ Be intentional about spending time together.
On average, couples spend only 20 minutes a week talking with each other. To change this, turn off the technology and make it a point to spend 20-30 minutes a day catching up with each other.
☑️ Use more “I” statements and less “You” statements.
This decreases the chances of your spouse feeling like they need to defend themselves.
☑️ Be specific.
When issues arise, be specific. Broad generalizations like, “You do it all the time!” are not helpful.
☑️ Avoid mind-reading.
It is very frustrating when someone else acts like they know better than you what you were really thinking.
☑️ Express negative feelings constructively.
There will be times when you feel bitterness, resentment, disappointment or disapproval. These feelings need to be communicated in order for change to occur. But how you express these thoughts is critical.
☑️ Listen without being defensive.
For a marriage to succeed, both spouses must be able to hear each other’s complaints without getting defensive.
☑️ Freely express positive feelings.
Most people are quicker to express negative feelings than positive ones. It is vital to the health of your marriage that you affirm your spouse. Positive feelings such as appreciation, affection, respect, admiration, and approval are like making deposits into your love account.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Lauren Hall, wife of 7 years to Daniel, toddler momma, dog momma, and the CEO here at First Things First. Take a peek at her recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
📗 The Road Back to You – By Ian Cron & Suzanne Stabile Ignorance is bliss — except in self-awareness.Read this book to figure out your Enneagram personality type, understand how your childhood influenced who you are, and discover new ways to build a deeper connection with your fiancé.
🔀 The Adventure Challenge – Couples Edition (Add this to your registry!) With this interactive photobook as your guide, you’ll find spontaneity, romance, and excitement in your relationship as your adventure challenges unfold. The catch? Your adventure is a surprise until you scratch off a challenge.
📲 @MyLoveThinks on Instagram Dr. Morgan Cutlip is a relationship expert, speaker and author who gives very practical tips to her followers! Everything from processing emotions, to dealing with difficult conversations, to practicing empathy… When I’m not sending FTF posts to my hubby, I’m sending him posts from this account!
share the love
Know a friend who would love reading all the relationship goodness we’ve packed in here? Go ahead and share it with them!