Getting Your Relationship Ready for Baby: A Plan for Problem-Solving and Conflict-Resolution

By Sharon Fried Buchalter, Ph.D.

Believe it or not, the majority of people do not know how to solve a problem. A problem requires that someone observe the situation, assess the dynamics, review the resources and then think through viable solutions.

The following coaching tips outline a process for problem solving:

• State the issue in writing.

• Write down each person’s suggested solutions.

• Agree on a resolution to the problems and write it down.

• Write down ways to carry out the solutions.

• Take the action steps outlined in your plan.

• Follow up and evaluate the results of your actions.

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