Fostering a Healthy Relationship

This week we are focusing on healthy relationships and knowing how to recognize the difference between a healthy relationship and an unhealthy relationship. It is important that we teach youth about healthy relationships from a young age; it is equally important for adults to be role models to youth in order to foster a healthy idea of a relationship.

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Strategies to Foster a Healthy Relationship:
  1. When arguing avoid name calling, instead express emotions with I statements versus you
  2. Understanding how to apologize and accept an apology
  3. Learn to listen to understand instead of waiting to talk
  4. Set clear expectations and boundaries
  5. Voice your opinion with judgment
Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship:
  1. Verbal abuse put-downs or name-calling
  2. Escalated arguments that resort to violence
  3. Pushing or play fighting that gets out of control
  4. Controlling or threatening behaviors
  5. Public Shaming
What Does a Healthy Relationship Look Like: 
  1. Kind statements and compliments are often shared
  2. Understanding each other
  3. Feeling connected and loved
  4. Feeling safe
  5. Trusting that the other person has your best interest
How Does it Feel to be in a Healthy Relationship: 
  1. Safe
  2. Comfortable
  3. Relief
  4. Supported
  5. Loved
Resources if you are Not in a Healthy Relationship: 
  1. Couples and or individual counseling
  2. Find support groups
  3. Talk to a trusted friend, mentor, or family member
  4. Learning how to set expectations and boundaries
  5. Practicing active listening

We hope that this blog was helpful for you and made you reevaluate the relationships in your life. The most important part to know is that if you are not in a healthy relationship, it is not normal; there are resources available for you.



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