Establish boundaries with your partner
- Define what it means to be in a healthy relationship.
Evaluate why you are in relationships with certain people. Pay attention to how you feel when you are with them. Does it make you happy? If not, figure out what will make you happy and respect your feelings by making healthy choices.
- Set expectations early on in your relationship.
It's important to know what each person wants out of the relationship. If marriage is important to you, make sure your partner also wants to get married. If you don't want to have kids, make sure your partner is on the same page. This way, you can create intentional agreements that provide clarity between both parties.
- Discuss the rules of engagement.
Talk about what the relationship will look like. Do you have similar values? Are there any issues that are deal-breakers? How will you handle disputes? What is acceptable in the relationship? What unique rules do you want to implement? Discuss these topics with your partner.
- Have difficult conversations.
It's important to talk about fidelity, finances, the household, kids, and outside forces. Having difficult conversations can help save relationships.
- Communicate your needs.
Speak up and respectfully communicate your needs. Be assertive and set expectations for your partner.
- Be proactive.
Address issues even when you believe them to be “not that big of a deal.” Proactively addressing issues can prevent them from becoming bigger problems.
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