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Sometimes I think, 'Screw this... I'll just be a stripper!' Then I remember I'm fat... and can't dance.
Communication is both an expressive, message-sending, and a receptive, message-receiving, process. Failure to communicate effectively can be due to a problem on either or both ends of the process. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be direct and honest; don't dance around the issue or play games.
Sometimes saying NO! can be a blessing. Allowing your child to sit in their mistakes and expecting them to take responsibility for what they have created is an opportunity for growth. We have become a society that doesn't want our children to "feel Bad" but in doing so we have robbed them of all their lessons!
When I was younger I would have said that thad mad passionate part of love never leaves and if it does, the relationship is doomed. After 31 years of marriage, I know there can be moments of the madness, but you'd be a burnt out shell if it continued at that level year after year. So, the mature me, who is still madly in love says it's a nice, exciting balance of both.