//Having a Close Relationship with Your First Responder – Encore

This is an Encore Presentation, this podcast originally aired in June of 2017. 

Hello and welcome to The Couples Expert Podcast with Stuart Fensterheim.  We have an unusual topic this week; first responders and the importance keeping your connection strong. If you have a first responder in your family, are married to one or have a friend who is, take a listen to the podcast today. First responders are those brave individuals who run towards danger when everyone else is running away. It takes a special kind of grit and purpose to do that kind of work. It also takes a special kind of person to be in a relationship or be married to a first responder. It can be a chaotic, sometimes lonely kind of life. Stuart talks about some of the special challenges associated with being in a relationship with a first responder. Whether they be armed forces, reserve military, police, fire or other emergency services, these special individuals give a lot of themselves to the job. The partners, families and spouses of first responders are some of the most compassionate and flexible people in the world. Listen as Stuart discusses life with a first responder partner and how to keep your relationship close and connected.

What you’ll learn from today’s podcast:

  • How religion can bridge the gap between cultures and the Jewish holiday of Shavuot at  [0:57]
  • Some of the unique challenges for first responder partners at [4:29]
  • What’s needed to have a connected relationship with your first responder [7:35]
  • How high stress affects first responders at [9:07]
  • Why checking in is important at [11:43]
  • Small things that you can do to stay connected at [13:20]
  • Flexibility is important at [15:20]

Thank you to all the first responders out there and to the partners that love them! You help make the world a safer place for all of us.

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