DURBAN – Ever been in a relationship with challenges and wondered who would be best to give you good advice? We all know that our BFF will take you side and family members will hold a grudge on against Bae.

Here some of the commonly faced problems that you handle better next time you face them.

Communication, as simple as it is, some still get it wrong, learn to communicate with your partner. If communication lines are failing, these simple tricks can help keep the ball rolling:

If you live together, put the cell phones on vibrate, put the kids to bed, and let voicemail pick up your calls once in a while.
If you can’t “communicate” without raising your voices, go to a public spot like the library, park, or restaurant where you’d be embarrassed if anyone saw you screaming.
Set up some rules. Try not to interrupt until your partner is through speaking.
Use body language to show you’re listening. Nod so the other person knows you get the message.

Trust is a key part of a relationship if you do not trust your partner it is very difficult to communicate with him or her. Here are some guidelines to ensure that the trust remains unbroken:

Don’t lie — not even little white lies to your partner or to others.
Be fair, even in an argument.
Don’t dig up old wounds.
Respect your partner’s boundaries.
Don’t be jealous.

Married or not, financial problems and disputes will be part of your relationship. Discussing money matters can be difficult but to prevent them from wrecking your bond, here’s how to be open and honest with money matters:

Be honest about your current financial situation.
Don’t hide income or debt to your partner.
Don’t approach the money subject in the heat of battle it won’t end well.
Know who is paying the bill before going out. If you splitting the bill let it be a mutual agreement.

Intimacy is one of the most important things in a relationship. Every relationship needs it whether it’s emotional or physical. Without it, a relationship could come to a stand-still. To bring the spark back or to maintain it, here’s ways on how intimacy can save your relationship:

Plan, plan, plan for your weekend or romantic dinner ask family or friend to stay with children if you have kids.
Learn what truly turns you and your partner on, know when is the right time to play the game.

It’s perfectly normally to make your relationship number one. If you want to keep your love life going making your relationship fun and spend more time together, try the following to spice it up:

Do things you used to do when you were first meet, show appreciation, compliment each other.
Plan date nights. Schedule time together on the calendar just as you would with any other important event in your life.

NB: If you want your relationship to work, stop talking to everyone about your problems and start talking to each other.

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