Five A’s of Relationship Repair

Five A’s of Relationship Repair

Conflict is inevitable, but relationship damage is not. Knowing how to make up after a fight is called relationship repair. If you learn how to repair your relationship after a fight, you will build trust and security. You also will make it more likely that your...
Smart Relationship Apps

Smart Relationship Apps

While it may not seem romantic, relationship apps can make it easier to remember to do the little things that build your relationship and keep it strong. One app, called Smart Couple (download link) lets you create a profile of the things that make your partner feel...
Handling Defensiveness

Handling Defensiveness

Sometimes, no matter how nicely you tell your partner about a problem, your partner gets defensive. Your partner’s defensiveness always has the same goal: to avoid taking any responsibility for a problem. Perhaps these common defensive reactions sound familiar:...
Handling Anger

Handling Anger

There are only three styles of handling anger: stuffing, escalating, and complaining. Of the three, only complaining leads to a happy relationship. Stuffing When you stuff your anger, you back away from your or your partner’s anger. Maybe you stuff because You don’t...
Giving Relationship Advice

Giving Relationship Advice

If someone told you about problems in their relationship, would you know how to help? The odds are good that you’ll be asked for advice. In fact, 63 percent of people in a large, recent survey said they had confided in friends or family about relationship problems in...
Help Step-Children Adjust

Help Step-Children Adjust

If you are a step-parent with children in the home, you know how difficult it can be to manage relationships and adjust to the new boundaries and rules. The following ideas may help you make a successful transition during this challenging process. Have patience....