7 Ways To Have A Fight Fair

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7 Ways To Have A Fight Fair
Arguing can be healthy for your marriage.

One of the questions we are often asked is, "Can arguing be healthy for a marriage?" The simple answer is, "Yes!" When a husband and wife argue, they are engaging in a perfectly normal and expected part of what it means to be married. In fact, disagreement between two people in love is actually healthy for their relationship. The question that couples should be asking is, "How do we argue effectively and fairly?"

Learning how to fight fair and to make appropriate compromises will go a long way towards keeping a relationship strong. The truth is, compromise is part of what marriage is all about. Whether it is where to live or what car to purchase or what type of pet to have, the two of you have to make the decisions together that both of you can support after the decision is made. Compromise is rarely ever 50/50. Some days it is 90/10; some days it is 60/40; and some days it really is 50/50. Sometimes arguments can actually get to the heart of the matter.

 

Fighting and arguing are just as much a part of marriage as sex. It is a natural part of relating to another human being.

As love and marriage experts, we have discovered these 7 ways to have a fight fair from our interviews with thousands of successfully married couples around the world,

 

1. You are an adult, act like it. Don't have a temper tantrum! Don't just sit there looking mad without saying anything. Engage in the conversation with the thought of how can we solve this problem together as adults.

2. Stay calm. That means don't shout or throw things or rant about the situation.  Don't take a position of anger or hostility. Think about what you are going to say before it actually comes flowing out of your mouth.

3. No name-calling or ugly verbiage about your spouse. Don't let the argument degrade into a battle of personal insults. It doesn't address the issues and can do lasting damage to your relationship even. You can't take back your words!

4. Keep the argument focused on the issues at hand. Don't wander off topic. Determine what the problem is, what issues need to be dealt with and what are the possible solutions. If you focus on determining which solution would work best, it keeps you moving towards an end result.

5. Don't cast blame. It doesn't matter who is right or wrong. It doesn't matter whose fault it is. You share the problems together and you have to share the solutions together. What you discover is that when you can arrive at a solution by working as a team, the two of you can tackle anything that comes your way.

6. Don't hold grudges. As soon as the issue has been resolved, forget it and move on. The worst thing you can do is resurrect old battles and scars. That means no gloating if you were right and no reminding him or her constantly about how mad you still are. Couples with great marriages tell us that they have a short memory when it comes time to their past arguments. That is the way it should be.

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Dr. Charles & Dr. Elizabeth Schmitz

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Dr. Charles D. Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth Schmitz
America's #1 Love and Marriage Experts
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Specialties: Couples/Marital Issues, Divorce/Divorce Prevention, Infidelity / Affair Recovery, Marriage, Nutrition, Wellness
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