Don't turn your home into a political war zone. Use these tips to find common ground instead.
Sometimes love is blind, especially when your partners supports the opposing political party. But, even a loving relationship can combust when those contrasting viewpoints lead to conflicts.
Every four years, couples that usually coexist peacefully are faced with an emotionally-charged challenge: election season. These relationships are put to the test, but there are simple strategies that can be used to improve the odds of staying together after we've elected a new president. Hard Work Ahead: Are Relationships Really Worthwhile?
1. Always respect the passion. Make an honest effort to understand how passionate your partner is about his political views. You might be surprised at how peaceful the conversations can be as long as there is mutual respect. All political war zones aren't laced with minefields.
Even if his political views are impassioning, take time to understand where he's coming from. For example, if you're a democrat that is pro-choice and he's a republication that believes life begins at conception, you should respect his position and hear him out on it.
The key point is that you will most likely never change his mind about his beliefs. So, respect how passionate he is about politics and find common ground.
2. Take time to cultivate a soul connection. During trying times — like election season — set aside time to connect every day. This bonding time should extend past the usual chit chat and dinner prep. Consider it soul time.
It might be 30 minutes after the kids go to bed or right after work. The length of time doesn't matter. It's about the experience.
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