Last week we chatted about the enormous impact on our marriages when communication breaks down.
This week I want to focus on one thought, "Be nice."
What if every time you were angry, tired, wounded or mistreated you made a promise to yourself that you would be nice?
Can you be nice to your children when they disobey? Can you be nice when you talk to your neighbor even though they let their puppy out EVERY morning at 6 a.m. and it yelps loudly right outside your bedroom window? (happens to me every day) Could you be nice when your spouse is late for dinner, gets angry or treats you with disrespect?
Here are a few examples.
"Son, I am really disappointed you lied to me. I believe in you and am your biggest fan however, I have to deliver some punishment. I am going to take away your electronics for one month. It doesn't mean I don't love you, because I really do. It just means that I need to stick to my promise that when you disobey me, there are consequences."
"Honey, I am disappointed that you didn't clean out the garage today like you said you would. I know you are busy and have tons of things going on. It would mean a lot to me if you could follow through with your commitment. Thank for listening."
"Hey babe, last night when we were talking you raised your voice at me and called me names. I know you have a lot going on and I contribute to your stress at times but that really bothered me. Please try to keep that from happening. I love you and need you in my life. Thanks for listening."
These are examples of stating your pain, sharing your expectations and even offering punishment to a child without transferring anger. Shutting down, being silent is ok for a short period but don't let it linger too long. Re-engage and be nice.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
A therapist couldn't say it better. "Be kind. "
It offers many rewards.
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