1. the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.
I remember in my psychology class when my teacher asked the class to raise their hands who thought that the relationship between you and your partner is more important than the relationship with your baby. What a tricky question. Of course I thought the baby is the most important but I did vote for the relationship between partners. I was split; I didn’t know how he could have asked a question like that. I just recently gave birth and knew my focus was more on the baby than anything else. Who can concentrate on something when you have this newly bundle of joy in your hands that you need to give your whole attention to. Wrong. You have to build a family on a strong foundation. You have to establish a strong relationship and keep it going when there are new challenges. It takes two to do that. As in the definition above, both have to be present and willing to put in the same amount of work. A strong relationship doesn't just fall when there are new obstacles added because those two people have both been working hard to keep it.
Building and maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner will establish a strong foundation for your family, especially for your little one. You have to work to keep it going but if you turn around and the person standing beside you isn’t on the same page, it’s definitely hard to continue. Make sure both of you are on the same page. People say communication is key, but be realistic who is going to listen? When unhappiness hits make sure to create change. Have date nights, family days, and be straightforward. Be able to listen to each other even though sometimes that’s hard. Don’t take advantage of each other, sometimes that’s easy to do when you’re married thinking the person won’t go anywhere. You tend to forget why you’ve fallen in love, create that atmosphere. Create a home together where both of you run to after a long day. Respect each other. Live for each other and your family. Value what’s important. If something is standing in the way, go around it together. If you can’t then it might be time to think of other options. Sometimes there’s a point you reach where you won’t tolerate certain situations. “They kind of make you sick to your stomach and then you reflect and think why am I in this type of relationship again? I deserve better.” Whatever the decision is make sure it makes you happy. Make sure as a woman you are LOVED, RESPECTED, and GIVEN the attention you deserve. After all, we are women and we need that sometimes too.
3 C’s to remember during communication: