Evaluate progress (and reward yourself, celebrate!)

Taking specific time aside from our busy schedules to talk and discuss things is important and by scheduling this time and sticking to it shows a commitment to one another that is enduring. 

Conflict in relationships is inevitable: fighting fair is making about making an argument an opportunity

You can try to avoid conflict by tamping down negative emotions and brushing seemingly minor issues under the rug, but at some point, they will come back to bite you. Many times this is in the form of a blowup that is completely disproportional to whatever seemed to trigger it. You end up fighting not only about the topic at hand but ten other previously unaddressed issues as well.

Be goal oriented - Stay focused on the positive: Change model

Don’t let yourself get weighed down by a bad day or a bad week. Acknowledge and give yourself and each other credit for the efforts and changes you’ve made. Compliment each other, thank each other, encourage each other!

Never give up – even if you experience setbacks!

PREPARE/ENRICH is celebrating its 35th Anniversary, but perhaps you are a marking a milestone anniversary this year as well. Anniversaries are times to not only celebrate and reflect on how far you’ve come over the years, but also to establish hopes, goals, and resolutions for the year to come. The CHANGE Model can help you develop an action plan for your relationship goals with six easy steps:

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