By scheduling and preparing to discuss important issues with your partner, you are setting your journey up for success. By making sure you and your partner are both ready to discuss important relationship issues, you need to check your environment and where you will discuss physically – check your space.

  1. Is your environment appropriate?
    Do your kids require your attention? Is the TV on?
    Is your phone on the highest volume?
    Is your computer/tablet within reach?
    Is the oven timer about to beep, signaling dinner is ready?
  • Neutralize as many distractions as you can.
  • Try to occupy your kids with other activities, turn off the TV, put your phone on silent and flip it over so you can’t see notifications, put away your computer/tablet, and maybe try discussing after dinner. Of course, it’s okay to keep a device at hand if you’re using it to read through the CoupleCheckup Discussion Guide.
  • 2. Is the physical location appropriate?

    • Where are you going to discuss?
    • Sitting at the kitchen table or on the couch?
    • While on a walk through your neighborhood?
  • Find a location that is comfortable and somewhat private so you can have those honest discussions.
  • We suggest placing yourselves shoulder to shoulder instead of knee to knee, as it promotes the idea that you are on the same team. It will feel less confrontational than being across from each other.

    Tune in for more tips next week.

    Do you need help with an issue or problem? Our approach helps to generate deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations can restore insight and understanding about one another.

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    The Couple Checkup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The Couple Checkup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy. 

    The Couple Checkup is an online couple assessment based on the PREPARE/ENRICH couple inventories. The Checkup assessment and Checkup report are designed to go directly to couples at any stage of their relationship (dating, engaged or married). The online system allows for dynamic customization of the assessment to each couple based on how the couple answers background questions. The goal is for the Couple Checkup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own and to emphasize prevention over remediation.

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