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Communication in Intergenerational Relationships

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Communication in Intergenerational Relationships

When there is an age difference in relationships, open communication becomes even more vital for survival.

Honest and frequent communication needs to focus on:

1. Life Goals: Ideas about marriage, having children, finances, retirement, etc. need to be compatible. The larger the age difference, the more difficult it may be to find common ground when it comes to key life goals.

2. Family and Friends: Friends and family often do not understand why you have chosen your partner. Approach discussions openly and honestly. Being upfront about your relationship can help them better understand your choices.

3. Strain Due to Lack of Support and Community: When family and friends object to your relationship it effects you and your partner. Tension, hurt feelings, and anger are common. The more you can talk openly and work toward a mutual understanding and agreement regarding how to handle the situation, the less strain that will be caused.



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