Tag: Communication

September 29, 2016

  By Steve Litt LCSW Gof Thrones couple   Start softly and be gentle. Sounds good doesn’t it? Cue the Barry White music…on 3. Just teasing. I am not talking about sex this time. Sorry. This piece is about how to begin a conversation with someone you love when there is a complaint. First think about what you want to accomplish by bringing up this complaint. It should almost always be that you want something to change, but not at the expense of hurting your partner. Starting softly sets the tone. Try it the next time you have a complaint. A gentle beginning might sound like, “Hey, Babe, is this a good time to talk? If it is, I would love to have a few minutes with you to work on something.” Follow that with, ” I was listening to the radio the other day and some financial guru was saying we all need to put more money in savings. I would like us to talk about that because I like the idea.” That’s so much better than, “You must think money grows on trees”,