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* Always allow your mate a chance to openly, freely, and in a nonjudgmental forum state his/her opinions and feelings. * Donīt push aside that personīs reactions, belittle them or take them for more than they are. * Tell how you feel and ask how your partner feels * Try to calmly listen before responding in any way. * Be careful not to attack character when you are really upset with a particular action. * Donīt say what you really donīt mean. This is where taking a few seconds to think and breath before talking comes in. Say to yourself, 'Is that really how I feel and is that related to this situation?' * If one or both feel too angry to constructively come to terms with the situation, agree to take a short period of time to individually calm down, but promise to sit down and talk at a later time. * Let your partner know you love him/her despite your feelings about the problem, and are there to get beyond your differences. A little compassion can go a long way, and it can benefit both sides.