South Asian Marriage: Seven Tips to Prevent Divorce

Divorce is a life-altering and potentially traumatic event. For most couples who get divorced, significant time, energy and heartache were spent before coming to the decision of getting divorced. Most South Asian countries have some of the lowest divorce rates in the world. As men and women are becoming more …

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Breaking the Cycle of Fighting

Most couples who fight in an unhealthy manner have a common pattern in their arguments. One person says something critical which is responded to with contempt and resentment. This incites defensiveness in the original partner who continues to attack causing the second partner to mentally check out of the conversation. …

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South Asian Couples: Are You Ready to Be Parents?

Making the decision to bring a child into the world is a difficult one. Among other things, it requires both partners being on the same page about wanting children and identifying the right time for you as a couple to take this huge step. The most important thing couples can …

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South Asian Couples: Better Friends Become Better Parents

Many South Asian couples often wonder how they can be better parents to their children. The number one way to do that is to ensure that you have a strong foundation and close friendship with your partner. The better you get along with your spouse, the better you will be …

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South Asian Couples: Validate Your Partner

One of the easiest negative relationship patterns to get into is believing that your position is right and is the only position that can be right. In fact, many clinicians are quick to point out, that in a conversation there is your truth, your partner’s truth and the real truth …

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South Asian Relationships: How to Compromise Without Fighting

Whether it’s about who washes the dishes, who picks up the children from soccer practice or how often to have sex, relationships require constant compromise to ensure the health and happiness of both partners. This is expected as two entirely different individuals have come together to build a joint life …

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South Asian Couples: Talking About Talking

He could tell that she was upset. She always walked a little harder, closed doors a little louder and would rarely look him in the eye. He could tell his anxiety was increasing as he wracked his brain trying to figure out what he had done wrong. He had to …

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Hands On South Asian Fathers Have Healthier Marriages

Five year old Meena had fallen down two steps and bumped her head on the floor. Shaan immediately jumped from the sofa and ran to the wailing Meena. Little Mohit toddled behind him to see what all the noise was about. Shaan scooped up Meena, sat her on his knee …

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South Asian Couples: Pre-Marital Stress Predicts Future Relationship Health

Four months ago, Kanan proposed to Megha after 4 years of dating. It was a magical moment, one that neither of them would forget. They were floating in the clouds for weeks afterwards, sharing the good news with their friends, and family. Quickly, however, both sets of parents were pressuring …

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South Asian Couples: What is Your Conflict Resolution Style?

Numerous research studies have identified three basic conflict management styles that are commonly seen in couples: avoidant, volatile and validating. Most important for the satisfaction and health of the relationship is having a matching conflict management style with your partner. That way, both of you have the same expectations of …

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