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Season 2/Episode 12: How to Maintain Strong Relationships During a Pandemic

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Strengthen Bonds, Set Boundaries

In this week’s episode, Jill and Tony told listeners to set boundaries to maintain relationships during this era of Coronavirus restrictions.

Jill also encouraged listeners to create new memories with loved ones.

Tony told listeners to try to be happy with themselves. That way, you don’t have to depend on someone else for attention or activities at home.

They have other suggestions:

  • Take this time to finally do that task you said you would do if you had more time
  • If your loved one is somewhere else, utilize video conferencing tools to maintain seeing and talking to them
  • Do something different

What are you doing to maintain your relationships during Coronavirus restrictions? Let us know in the comments section.

Be safe. Be healthy. Be calm.





4 comments on “Season 2/Episode 12: How to Maintain Strong Relationships During a Pandemic

  1. Denis V. says:

    Tony, you are on the money regarding Jill’s draconian “double-exclusion.”  To me, Jill is excluding you from her life for a period of time, and during that time, she is again excluding you from certain things you might like to do. 

    The first half of this formula is fine; we should support a partner’s need for quiet time or a girls or boys only evening.  This is a relationship transaction and should be seen as a withdrawal of goodwill from the granting partner. 

    This loving gift of goodwill should not be rewarded with selfish restrictions.
    Jill, this is one time when Tony’s saying “I’m right” really is!

    1. @jillccwrites2 says:

      Denis, Tony thanks you for supporting his stance. He isn’t told that he’s right very often, so he appreciates your taking the time to tell him.

      Jill is alone in a corner somewhere, so we’ll have to wait to see what she says about this turn in events. Knowing her, she may laugh about it. We’ll see.

      You and Mary stay safe and healthy. Thanks again for commenting.

  2. Mary Ellen Vogel says:

    Help! I’m locked in the bathroom!! All it took was one sneeze. Hahaha. Okay, I’m not—I’m free. And free to say I totally disagree with Tony and Denis. A writer must have quiet time, and for her partner, beloved partner, to punish her by doing things they would normally enjoy together, well, that’s draconian. Sorry boys, just sayin’.

    Things are more the same than different around here. We are getting along fine and enjoying life as ever. We are working on those projects that have been pushed aside for too long. I have gotten some things out of the way, so now I am able put my book first. Denis has several projects to keep him busy.

    We share an office as well, and I’ve thought about all that almost unused space upstairs for an office/studio for me. However, Denis has come to terms with my needing absolute quiet to write. I shut the office door as a signal/reminder or sometimes Denis works quietly in the office with the understanding that I need to concentrate. There was a bit of struggle at first, but it seems to work perfectly now, so well, I think I prefer it in our joint office rather than shutting myself away upstairs.

    1. @jillccwrites2 says:

      Jill emerged from her corner long enough to applaud Mary’s comment, and she laughed at what Denis said. Then she went back to the joint office. Tony took that to mean that he shouldn’t follow her in there. Lol!

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