Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Flirting's Just a Normal Part of Life

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Flirting's Just a Normal Part of Life

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Q I think flirting is totally harmless and I smile and joke around with just about everyone I come in contact with, male or female. But my husband has a real problem with my behaviour.

Last week he got really uptight when I told a waiter at a restaurant we visit frequently that I liked the new staff uniforms. That seems like an over-reaction to me.

I don't want to have to be on guard whenever I'm out with him and stop behaving naturally.

How do I convince him flirting is a normal part of life?

A You're right that flirting is a healthy part of life.

Everyone has their own style and comfort level with flirting.

When it comes to establishing boundaries around acceptable ways to flirt, how often and with whom, it is essential that you negotiate this with your partner.

Negotiating flirting in a relationship is much like anything else important that you discuss together: it takes effective communication and respect.

It's important that you listen to your partner's needs and really hear what they are saying about their values. …

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