|With your little one on the way, the nerves may start to build up for you and your partner. One little disagreement can become a huge fight in the blink of an eye when using the wrong communication skills. There are simple things you can do as a couple to fortify your relationship and equip you with tools and resources that can help you deal with any disagreements you may have, not just now, but also after your baby finally arrives.
There are common “listening blocks” we sometimes use during an argument or a conversation. These listening blocks ultimately hinder our ability to fully listen and comprehend what the other person is saying and feeling. Try and reflect if you use any of the following and exactly how often:
1. Mind-reading. You already “know” what the other person is thinking and referring to before they can even finish a sentence.
It’s common to get distracted during a conversation or to feel like you have to get your point of view through when talking to your partner. The important thing is that, slowly but surely, you become aware of your own communication skills and traps. An easy thing such as letting the other person finish their train of thought can have a huge effect on the way you deal with the daily struggles of being pregnant and dealing with your newborn baby.
Whether you’re a first-time parent or you have a bit more experience, your little one is a wonderful addition to