Ways to “Fight Fair” in Relationships

Wednesday February 28th, 2018

Each person brings a distinct perspective to the table in relationships due to personal upbringing and experiences. It’s okay to have a different opinion and outlook than your partner. These differences can be a valuable strength to the relationship. However, when you do disagree, it’s important to know how to do so respectfully.

Here are a few tactics you and your partner can implement to “fight fair” with one another:

3 Cs: Stay calm, cool, and collected

Don’t point the finger or assume: Start with how something made you feel rather than blaming your partner.

Confront the issue: Seek to find a solution to the problem rather than winning an argument. What action steps can you and your partner take moving forward?

Take a break: Give yourselves some time to process and cool off before discussing the issue at hand.

Process before posting (online arguing): If you wouldn’t say it to your partner’s face, you shouldn’t be posting it online. Remember respect.

One of the aims of the Cambridge Pregnancy Resource/Dawn Centre is to see individuals equipped with tools to make healthy decisions. We view accurate information as an important means to developing emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Consider practicing these steps next time you find yourself in a disagreement with your partner. You may find your relationship in a healthier state as a result!

This information has been rephrased from the article “Healthy Relationships vs. Unhealthy Relationships” on Kids Help Phone website. To learn more, please visit: https://kidshelpphone.ca/article/healthy-relationships-vs-unhealthy-relationships