The holidays are coming, guys!
The radio is playing Christmas music and the Chanukah decorations are out in stores. Thanksgiving is a few weeks away and we know some of you are going to be hosting your family.
Have you noticed that hosting big events can cause serious conflict between you and your partner?
There are reasons for that.
The holidays bring an extra set of expectations and pressure. These may come from our own beliefs about how things “should” be, our family’s expectations, and what we see on social media. You and your partner are integrating expectations from different areas and trying to meet a lot of conflicting needs. Naturally, this sets the stage for conflict.
So, how do you fight-proof your next big event?
We’re talking all about it in this week’s episode. We’ll be covering:
- How hosting affects us individually and as a couple
- Why hosting an event can lead to fights
- Planning for events in a relationship-preserving way
- Staying connected and maintaining your sanity while hosting
We’ve also created a great bonus for you - The Couple’s Prep Guide for Hosting Events - that’s going to set you up for success. It covers your individual needs, division of labor, and code words for when the going gets tough. Be sure to check it out!
SGR 001 - Communication that (Actually) Works
SGR 002 - Getting Back to the Honeymoon Phase - One Habit at a Time
SGR 004 - How to Get Divorced - What NOT To Do In Your Relationship
SGR 009 - Why Happy is Overrated
SGR 013 - When Married Life Doesn’t Feel Like A Fairy-Tale
SGR 014 - How to Make Time for Each Other (When There is No Time)
Short on time? Here’s a list of today’s topics and when to listen:
How hosting a big event affects us as individuals - 1:54
How it can affect us as couples - 4:08
Why hosting can be triggering and lead to fights - 7:28
How to plan for these events in a relationship-preserving way - 11:00
How to stay connected and keep your sanity during the big event - 19:34
Get ‘Em Out strategy - 22:23
Meredith and Marina’s Takeaways - 27:51