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Counseling Stepfamilies: Some Rules to Enhance Sticky Couple Communications Problems
Many couples find they get bogged down in certain painful, frequently repetitive disagreements that do not go away over a long time. The issues discussed become highly charged with emotion and both adults are easily bruised when they go into this battle. The couple is stuck in a communication quagmire and needs help to get a new view of their differences and the ability to move on past these disagreements.
James Bray, author of the excellent book, Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade, has come up with a list of helpful suggestions for the couple to use to move ahead in their ability to resolve these issues. . We believe they are well worth trying to help couples deepen their understanding and trust in each other. Here are Dr. Bray's suggestions:
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