Saturday, July 21, 2007


1- Attending to one another

As married people, we need to recognize how valuable each of us is to the other.If she's had a stressful day at work, with the kids or in paying the bills we don't have enough money to cover, the worst thing u can do upon coming home is to minimize her stress by comparing it to you. "Well, if you think you've had a bad day, listen to this."
Some better responses might include:
"What can I do to help? May I assist with dinner? Do you want to go out later for coffee with a friend? I'll get the kids off to bed."
In general, if you place your spouse's needs before your own, you will be the beneficiary. Selfishness promotes resentment, and resentment engenders conflict. Selflessness, on the other hand, creates understanding, and understanding produces harmony.

2- Getting beyond the attacks

It's so easy to attack. I know many spouses who cannot get beyond criticizing their mates. "Harry, you're never home. You never spend any time with the children. You don't spend enough time with me. You're always with your friends. Why don't we talk anymore?"

"Mary, you don't like my friends. You haven't been watching your diet. The kids are driving me nuts. You could keep the house a little better. The PTA bores me. We don't have sex enough."
You can spend a lifetime finding fault with your spouse. But I'm telling you, it's a lot more rewarding and productive to change the tone of your responses in order to achieve the desired result.

Try this:

"Harry, I like it when we're together. After the kids are asleep, let's get comfy, watch a movie and go to bed early."
"Mary, you look great. Let's go for a walk after dinner. I'll help you clean up the house. When is the next PTA meeting? I'd like to attend."

3-Change yourself first

You can't change the behavior of your spouse by telling him or her to change. Change begins with you. If there is too much tension and resentment in your relationship, it's up to you to moderate the behavior, change the tone, get out of the attack mode. In most cases, your mate will follow your example, not your commands. If there is too much hostility, then it's up to you to stop being hostile. When you want to strike back with a verbal barrage of criticism, try pausing for a second in order to reflect and redirect. Tone and restraint are everything in relationships. Program yourself to walk away from a possible fight. Say a prayer to release the anger. Choose your words carefully. Don't provoke. Moderate. Reach out. Be caring. Try to understand the source of the hostility in your spouse before you respond.

4-Create a partnership

It's cheaper and far less complicated to stay married than it is to get a divorce. Play to one another's God-given talents. Work as a team in raising children, doing household budgets, identifying investment opportunities and planning for the future.

for eg:

If she is great with numbers. She handles ur taxes and finances but if she wants to purchase large items she can talk to you. You can handle calls to plumbers, get the car serviced, handle problems with neighbors and talk with teachers if there are problems.
She can go shopping and ferries the kids to after-school activities. You can deal with spiritual matters and arrange entertainment and vacations. You can share getting the kids ready for bed.

Remember these:

Relationships are dynamic, not static. To develop healthy relationships over the long term, we must be attentive to our spouse's changing needs, moderate the tone of the dialogue, avoid hurtful criticisms, focus on the attributes, work on true intimacy, and build economically viable partnerships.
Remember, marriage must be forever, and your spouse won't change unless you change first

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