Like most relationships, a successful marriage requires that you compromise at times on certain issues. You need to stand firm on the things that are really important to you, but you have to be willing to give in or compromise on things that are not quite as important. It is the proverbial, "Give and Take" philosophy that we all know is required of us as human beings. If you are always getting your way, then your spouse probably feels that they are "losing" in your relationship and that is not good for the health of your marriage. You need to make sure they feel loved and respected in your marriage just as much as you want to feel loved and respected.
Schedule Quality Talk Time with Your Spouse
One of the most effective ways to avoid a communication breakdown in your marriage is to schedule quality talk time on a regular basis. Sounds simple enough, Right? Unfortunately, far too many couples fail to do this and end up neglecting their marriage and their mate. Find a time that is convenient for the two of you to sit down and spend an hour or two just talking about family and relationship issues. you will want to talk about long and short-term goals for the two of you and the entire family. You can talk about that new house or car you want. You can talk about next year's vacation or visit to see friends or relatives. it doesn't matter what you talk about each time you get together; the key is that you are having some quality talk time to discuss whatever is on your mind at that time.
Schedule Regular, Quality Alone Time
Another way to avoid any major communication breakdown in your marriage is to schedule some quality alone time for just the two of you. This is different than the talk time discussed above. This is romance time when you get together as a couple to enjoy each other's company. This time includes making love, going on a quiet date, sitting at home watching your favorite movie or TV show together or any other activities that brings you joy as a couple. When you were dating, didn't you find ways to be alone and share your love with one another? Of course you did, so you must do this even if you have been married for twenty or thirty years or longer. Enjoy each other and the happiness you bring to one another.
Communication breakdowns happen in all marriages, but they don't have to be destructive or create havoc in the relationship. They just need to be dealt with quickly, calmly and lovingly. If you do this, then you will find you will have a happier and more rewarding marriage.