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“It’s different for everyone, but for me, it’s essential that everyone get along.
It avoids a lot of clashing when everyone can directly communicate.”Stryker jokes that polyamory is “a romantic relationship that works for people who like spreadsheets,” adding that there’s a lot of planning to make sure everyone is on the same page.
It sounds so minor, but talking through those issues makes a big difference,” says Turner.
Turner adds that often, if she or her husband is planning on bringing a date home, the other will make plans to be out of the house with another partner or stay in another part of the house.
Stryker, the coeditor of , says that couples who may be intrigued try starting slow.
“Even seeing your partner platonically cuddling someone else, what does that mean or bring up for you? “I think taking small steps to open up a relationship, and frequently checking in with each other, is key.”Cleveland When Page Turner and her first husband decided to open their marriage over a decade ago, they had a frank heart-to-heart, realizing that the decision may cost them their marriage.
The emotional check-ins can make polyamory more labor intensive, emotionally, than traditional monogamous relationships, Turner explains. “I think there’s this assumption that you’re having sex all the time, but just like a monogamous relationship, it depends on what’s going on in your life.