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The Big Picture & 5-Step Guide

I hope that all has been well for you. You’re probably really busy. Those tiny humans sure do take a lot of your time and energy, don’t they?

Whether you’re expecting your first child or already have little ones, I know that some of you have been feeling overwhelmed about how to keep your relationship with your partner healthy and thriving while raising kids together. Some of you may have been going through the motions every day just trying to get through the day so you can have a tiny moment of alone time together before you both pass out for the evening. (I’m not speaking from experience or anything…)

Even as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Relationship Coach, I have a tendency to get stuck with the nitty-gritty when dealing with relationship stuff too. From planning your next date night to deciding whose house you’re going to for the next family gathering, and everything in between, there is so much to address.

However, it's pointless to move at rocket speed if you're moving in the wrong direction.

Hence, it is critical that you don’t get overly obsessed with all the tiny details. Have a clear big picture strategy that you’re constantly referring to with regards to your Partnerhood as you iron out the details.

The 5-Step Framework I Follow

You’d be surprised by the number of couples who don't actually have a big-picture plan when it comes to their relationship. Before they know it, years have passed and they are still having the same issues despite working so hard on building a family together.

The reason? No direction. That's why having a big-picture plan is absolutely essential for every Partnerhood. Imagine if you got in the car and told your maps app that you wanted food but you had no idea what kind or where you wanted to go. You’d be stuck, right?

To help, I would like to share a big picture plan for you to create an overall guide to help you achieve your relationship goals and see how you can have the Partnerhood you dream of.

Start walking in the right direction, and relationship success is nearer than you think.

This is a framework that will help you achieve the relationship you desire if you actually follow it! As they say, it’s easy to get lost in the bushes... but not when you have this roadmap in your hands!

Do read the PDF, mull over it, and see how simple it can be. It will help you get crystal clear on the direction you should be moving towards.

With gratitude,

Christie Sears Thompson

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

The Partnerhood (

Trade Winds Therapy & Relationship Coaching (

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