Relationship is defined as the way in which two concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.
Relationships are very significant to me. because for one thing, it is joyous to me. Building and maintaining relationships have always made me feel happy. Just the thought of knowing, I have someone to talk to in good times and bad times is very comforting. Partnerships are an important part of my life. However; when I think of partnership, business usually comes to mind. In my opinion, a greater bond is built through established relationships opposed to partnership. Certain things that I share with people, that I am in a relationship with, I do not share with partners. For me personally, relationships are built more on trust, and partnerships trust has to be gained or earned.
I have a positive relationship with my husband. Actually, he is my partner as well. We own two businesses together. My relationship with him is very strong and positive. We met in high school, and will be celebrating our 29th anniversary in July. Contributing factors to our relationship, in regards to our marriage is that we treat each other fair, and make the other person aware when things don’t go our way. If there is a problem, we try to resolve it immediately, because problems are like sores, they don’t get better until you treat them. In the business aspect, a contributing factor to us being successful in our business, we both realize that we are in the business to profit and benefit our family. Honesty also plays a major role in our success and happiness. Decisions are made jointly and if needed we sometimes have our children provide their input to assist if issues or disagreements arise.
A positive relationship is shared between me and my older sister also. This relationship is and has always been positive. My mother passed away when I was fairly young and my older sister Sheree, took upon the role as my mother. Contributing factors that make this relationship a success is that she continues to assist me with my family, such as being someone that I can share secrets with, and also just being a listening ear, when I am in distress or troubled.
Challenges that I experience in maintaining my relationship with my husband is that his mother has a negative impact on his life. In my honest opinion, she feels as though he is obligated to her in regards to assisting her financially, and maintaining her house. Considering the fact that she abandoned him as a child, I do not feel as though he is obligated to assist her as an adult. In order to keep down confusion, I try not to always voice my opinion. But, if her requests are too demanding, I will intervene. A few challenges are faced between myself and my sister. My niece which is her daughter sometimes takes advantage of her willing to help financially. Due to the fact that, my niece is married I feel as though, she should be more responsible. To prevent problems between myself and my sister, I only voice my opinion, if she asks for it.
There are several special characteristics that make myself and my husband a partnership. We have common interests in the well being of our children, that creates a special bond and a partnership. In regards to our business, we are definitely a partnership, because we have financial interests, and we both benefit from all profits gained. In regards to my older sister. Our relationship can be somewhat of a partnership as well. We have a common interest in the success of her daughters boutique, because I place items from my business in her shop to sell.
Experiences with my relationships will greatly impact my work as an early childhood provider. I learned from my sister that you must first let others around you be aware that you have a genuine interest in their well being. My sister taught me how to be supportive to a person without always verbally voicing my opinion. My experience from my relationship/partnership with my husband has taught me many things that have enhanced my work in early childhood. I know first hand that children can be indirectly effected by problems at home, with the parents and other family members. I am now more compassionate and better understanding, when they do not want to immediately discuss problems they are encountering. I try to positively contribute to people. Such as sometimes just a kind word, or a simple good morning, will make a person in distress have a more enhanced or enrich their day.