Relationship lessons from parents – contest winners and stories!

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First Prize: Swati Sarangi

“The most appealing relationship insight that I’ve learned from my parents is the mutual consultation. Whenever there comes a need of any family decision to be taken, then there’s always a session of mutual consultation between my parents. It happens because the underlying principles are trust and respect for each others viewpoints as trust is the building block of any relationship. This not only increases the effectiveness of decision-making as it includes analysing a situation from different perspectives but also strengthens the compatibility existing between them. So, an equality in presenting own opinion is established in this way.”

Related reading: Seven things that keep a relationship going

About Swati: Swati holds a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering. She has an intense obsession with words, numbers and colours. She finds all pleasure in reading and writing. She tweets at @creative_conste

Second Prize: Sid Balachandran

“The biggest #relationship lesson that I learnt from seeing my parents as a couple was the importance of communication. Yes, my parents have had their arguments, but I’m always been amazed by the way how they found a solution by ensuring that they had open and clean channels of communication between them. The other important lesson that my parents’ relationship taught me is the there is such a thing as spending too much time together. Every now and then, my parents would take some time-out from each other to do things that they enjoyed individually and not together. It taught me to appreciate the fact that at the end of the day, even though my wife and I are a couple, we do need our space now and then.”

About Sid: Academically a telecommunication engineer, Sid recently swapped his decade long professional career and is now a thirty-something work-from-home dad. When not running after his four-year old son, tripping over LEGO blocks or pulling out food from his hair, he writes about fatherhood, parenting in general, fiction and satire on his blog: He is also a contributor to

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