Communication! How We Do It (Marvelously)

This week, in honor of my birthday, and my incredible husband Cisco, and in honor of the tradition he and I have kept through our relationship that I wish to pass on to Mr. Sweetie, I am writing this post. It is all about the importance of communication in a relationship, whatever that relationship is.

I know I have posted about communication before, but this time, I would like to share with you, wonderful readers and mamis, exactly how we accomplish that in my little family. I believe that there are many people who have heard about communication and the impact it has with those they love, but that they may not really know what that looks like, or what that means. Here is what it means to Cisco and I.

  • Remembering that we are speaking with someone we love dearly. When we keep this in mind, conversations are calm. The subject, no matter how difficult it is to broach, and no matter how different our opinions about it, can be talked about in a respectful way.
  • Keeping the words spoken as simple as possible. In part, I think this started because of the language barrier Cisco and I had (and still have to a degree, though we work it out). We have always been very good about treating our conversations almost like we are explaining something to a child we love, repeating things as often as necessary and in as many different ways as necessary until it is understood. This leads to our having both great respect for each other, and full knowledge of what the other person is trying to say.
  • Asking each other to listen first, and then share thoughts and opinions. To have great communication, both people need to feel like they are being heard. Often, if that is not the case for one of the parties, they are less likely to listen to and respect the other person.
  • Thanking each other at the end of the conversation. We always end our discussions with a ‘thank you’ to each other, and show our appreciation for being listened to, respected, and for the fact that we are in each others’ lives. It really brings things back to the ultimate, base truth: that we love each other, and we are talking because we are trying to accomplish something that we feel may help us become stronger as partners.

 

And there you have it! I hope these things have helped to illustrate how great communication can be achieved, in very simple ways.

 

How do you illustrate great communication? Which, if any, of these tips, have you found the most useful? What would you modify to fit your relationships and to help support them in a positive way? Thanks for reading, and make yourself at home! Leave a comment in the space below!

 

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Mami

Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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