How to Have a Successful Open Relationship
Monogamy isn’t for everyone, and the good news is that this isn’t the only type of relationship available to you. You may find that you want to have experiences outside of your primary relationship, experiences you may have already discussed this with your partner. However, you may find that it’s difficult to put this into practice; so, how do you go about making it work?
Coming to an Agreement
Before you enter into your new lifestyle, make very sure that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to defining what an open relationship is. For example, your partner may be interested in the one-off experience of going to a swinger’s club with you and enjoying what they offer. However, you may see an open relationship as being able to have a fling or long-term relationship with another person at a time. In order for an open relationship to work, you need to make sure that you’re in agreement about what you expect. Talk it through with your lover and decide what the rules of your open relationship ought to be.
Remember, everyone is different, so the type relationship that maybe suit a particular individual will vary. The great thing about having an open relationship is that you can make of it what you want, once you’ve come to an agreement.
Changing the Rules
Before you embark on your journey, set out some ground rules so that you and partner know what is acceptable. It’s possible that these rules change over time, so you should be prepared for that. As you start to experiment outside of your relationship, you may find that things you once thought would be out of bounds no longer bother you. Alternatively, there could be something that you both agreed on in the beginning, but when put into practice you started to feel different about it.
Keep communicating with each other as you go. This will avoid you having any misunderstandings as you enjoy your new sex life. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion if you want to change the rules of the game because it’s important that you’re comfortable with your situation. As with any relationship, open or closed, communication is the key to success. Maybe you’re not even at the stage in which you want to have an open relationship; however, if it’s something you’re considering, you should learn all you can about the pros and cons of polygamy and monogamy.