Getting married is just the first step! Learn how to build a solid foundation for a healthy partnership that will last far beyond "I do."
Meeting the right person is important, but knowing how to stay in love matters even more. In this course, you'll learn how to build a solid foundation for your relationship that will last far beyond "I do."
You will start by reviewing the basic stages every relationship goes through, and you'll learn the importance of balancing your needs as an individual with your needs as a couple. You will gain key strategies for maintaining your relationship and great tips for "tune-ups" that help keep love alive, including a frank discussion of the role of sex in marriage. You'll also develop insights into the problems so many couples encounter in married life. Whether you face disagreements over money, the challenges of a relationship triangle, or even unfaithfulness, this course will give you the tools you need to identify these problems and work toward resolution. You will discover how to fight fair and arrive at a compromise, or maybe the possibility that it is time for a relationship to come to an end.
By the end of this course, you'll understand how to nurture your relationship and build a partnership that lasts.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or newer.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Learn how to build a solid foundation for your relationship that will last far beyond "I do." Through this course, you will gain key strategies for maintaining your relationship and great tips to help keep the love alive.
Why Relationships Can Be So Challenging
Blame it on fairy tales. Many people believe that if you meet the right person, your life will be an unending series of blissful experiences. The truth is that no relationship can ever be conflict-free because people change over time and every relationship goes through adversity. Instead of looking for the mythical "perfect" person, it's important to realize that every relationship is different and can work as long as both people agree to cooperate. Maintaining a relationship is a skill that anyone can improve, and in this lesson, you'll start to learn how.
The Seven Stages of a Relationship
People often think, "If I can just meet the right person, I'll have the perfect relationship." Meeting the right person is important, but knowing how to stay in love with that person matters more. In this lesson, you'll find out about the seven stages that every relationship goes through. Knowing these stages will help you to predict problems and defuse them.
Maintaining Your Identity
In every relationship, there's a "we" that defines the couple, but there are also two "I's" that define each partner. If a relationship focuses too much on "we," one or both partners can feel smothered. If a relationship focuses too much on "I," then you risk having less of a relationship and more of a casual friendship at best. In Lesson 3, you'll explore this balancing act. You'll find out how you and your partner can each fulfill your needs and still have the freedom to grow individually.
Learning to Fight Fair
Disagreements are part of every relationship, but how you handle those disagreements determines the quality of that relationship. Instead of avoiding issues or constantly arguing with no resolution, you can learn the rules of fair fighting. You can even use a problem to improve your relationship! In this lesson, you'll learn how.
Recognizing Warning Signs
So many marriages end in divorce. Even in some relationships that seem intact, cheating and adultery occur. Yet if you're in a relationship, you no longer have to wish and hope that you'll be one of the lucky ones. By recognizing the warning signs and taking action, you can keep your relationship healthy.
Resolving Conflict: Break Up to Make Up
While fair fighting will help you confront problems, how can you defuse and resolve conflict after it occurs? In this lesson, you'll explore repairing a damaged relationship, dealing with grudges, and rebuilding trust.
Creating a Maintenance Program
Too many people believe that a relationship will survive and thrive all by itself. However, just like a car, a relationship needs periodic care and maintenance. In this lesson, you'll learn how to make these tune-ups effective and fun.
Understanding the Role of Sex
Nothing can elevate or upset a relationship more than sex. In many relationships, it's the pinnacle of emotional intimacy. However, sex can also be superficial and purely physical, lacking any emotional closeness. In this lesson, you'll learn how to make sex enhance, not disrupt, your closeness with your partner.
How to Adultery-Proof Your Relationship
Nothing can be more devastating than when your partner cheats on you. Beyond the sense of betrayal, there are the conflicting emotions of inadequacy, abandonment, and loss. Yet adultery or cheating can be overcome or even prevented. By understanding the source of adultery, you can either avoid it in the first place or withstand the emotional turmoil that cheating can bring.
Dealing With Relationship Triangles
No relationship exists in a vacuum. During the Honeymoon stage, your relationship seems to exist solely for the two of you. However, as the relationship matures, you have to juggle work requirements as well as your relationships with relatives, friends, and possibly even children. A relationship triangle happens when your relationship involves more than two people, or when money issues or other problems outside the relationship demand attention. Relationship triangles add a new dynamic because you now have two people involved with a third person or situation, which can cause confusion and conflict. In this lesson, you'll be guided through them.
Overcoming Money Issues
While many people worry about marital infidelity, they often overlook the equally serious problem of financial infidelity, where people lie or deceive their partners about their spending habits. The problem isn't necessarily not having enough money; it's the way that you and your partner handle money. When one person spends while the other person saves, those conflicting values can cause major problems. Fortunately, with the right skills and knowledge, you can deal with any money issues and keep your relationship happy, healthy, and loving—regardless of how much money you might have!
Break Up or Make Up?
Not every relationship is made in heaven. On the flip side, getting rid of a person may not get rid of the problem. In this lesson, you'll examine some reasons to end a relationship and some reasons to hold on.
Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil has over 25 years of experience as a counselor and therapist, and specializes in issues related to dating, marriage, divorce, and infidelity. Weil is the author of numerous books and has been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, and Cosmopolitan. She has also appeared on the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and Good Morning America.