Raising a family can be difficult, but it is one of the most special and rewarding things you’ll ever do. Of course, there will be times that you will have to talk about hard topics with your spouse and/or children and this may be scary, nerve-nerve-wracking, or awkward. Just remember that your family loves you no matter what and although some conversations may be stressful to have, they are necessary and you’ll feel much better after you have them. Here are 3 tough conversations you may have to have with your family at some point.
Old Age And Death
Talking with your spouse and children about your wishes for when you reach retirement age and beyond is certainly going to be an uncomfortable conversation to have. You’ll have to make sure your closest family members know what you want if you are unable to take care of yourself one day. Whether your preference is moving into an assisted living community or staying at home, make sure that your family knows exactly what you want for your final years. This is just one less thing for them to stress out about when they are one day grieving your loss. Talking about your own death is never easy, but once you have this conversation you will be glad you did.
The Sex Talk
If you have children, it is likely that you will have to talk to them about sex at some point. Most schools teach sex education, but often your child will start to become curious about sex before that point and you will need to talk to them about it. This can be a little weird at first, but try to stay relaxed and be honest. The most important things are that you teach your kids about sexual safety and make it clear to them that they can come to you with any questions they may have about this topic at any time.
If you decide to end your marriage in divorce, there are probably two difficult conversations you’ll need to have. One is with your (soon to be ex) spouse, and one with your children if you have any. Beyond that, you’ll have to tell your parents, siblings, and the rest of your family. These conversations will be emotional and hard, but they may also help you to heal and move on, as well as to make plans for the future. Once you get through them, you will definitely feel that a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
Talking to the ones you love the most about hard subjects doesn’t have to be a sad or stressful event. Prepare for these conversations ahead of time, remind yourself that they’re necessary, and you’ll be just fine.