Being in a relationship with a firefighter can call for extraordinary patience and understanding. The rigors of the job and the strenuous schedule can lead to a work-life imbalance and can sometimes affect a person’s health. There are many resources that can help you understand the work-life balance concerns of a firefighter so that you can best support your spouse.
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Supporting a firefighter is not always an easy task. Still, in such a high-pressure job, it’s important for firefighters to consistently be able to enlist the support of their friends and family, just as it’s important for those friends and family members to feel supported. Local 67 helps provide support for the friends and families of firefighters as much as possible.
Often times in family and peer relationships misunderstandings can lead to many problems. By communicating more clearly many problems can be avoided. Use “I” messages rather than “You” messages. “I” messages are more difficult because they require us to be clear about your own thoughts and feelings rather than the feelings of others.
Strong families handle their conflict fairly. All families have conflict–it’s a natural part of human relationships. Strong families are able to work through fights and disagreements by focusing on the problems, rather than by “tearing each other down.”
Strong families spend time together. In today’s busy world it can be difficult for families to find time to be together. All relationships need attention – and this includes the family as a whole. Family rituals can offer a set time for families to get together and give each other the attention that is needed...