by Sharon Barbour, DLCC Coach
In my experience, balanced relationships have a flow of giving and receiving that requires attending to both the self and the other. Below you’ll find a couple of actions that can help keep day-to-day relations humming along. I also offer several practices that can shift your relationship with yourself as well as with others.
Actions for Balanced Relationships
- Make clear requests. Get good at making clear requests that include conditions of satisfaction and a timeline. For example, in the past, I might have asked my teen, “Hey Claire, will you clean the bathroom?” and then been annoyed that she hadn’t done it by the end of the day or that she didn’t do a thorough job. Now, I’m more likely to say “Claire, will you clean the bathroom before dinner today and follow the checklist we made for it?”
- Clarify requests before responding. I’ve also learned to expand my replies to requests made of me beyond “yes” or “no” to include: “I can do that if we make this modification….” or “I need time to think about this. I will get back to you by noon on Tuesday.” It is often a good idea to also clarify those “conditions of satisfaction” before agreeing to a request.
- Make authentic offers. This is about checking in with yourself before you make an offer to do something. When you honor your truth, you have more energy for what you care about and less frequently get your energy zapped by resentment or overwhelm. If you don’t want to make chili for the football team, then don’t offer to do it. Maybe there’s a different way to support the team or your son/daughter if that’s your true desire.