Preplan Your Trip
It may seem simple, but plenty of heady conflicts arise from logistical issues: An already charged setting can elevate minor moments, like deciding which stores to visit or when to get a snack, past their proper proportions.
However, logistical trip ups are easy to avoid with a little forethought. Plot out your destinations in advance, allowing for things that both of you need or want to do. With a plan in hand you'll be able to schedule plenty of time to get everything done, and you'll avoid inflating details (like differences in preference or priority) to out-and-out battles in the middle of a bustling store.
And don't forget to plan a little pleasure, too. Arrange a leisurely lunch at your favorite outdoor café in case shopping gets tense. And don't be afraid to break out the big guns if things get tough. Trust us, a quick visit with the puppies at the mall's pet store or a stop at the ice cream stand can sweeten a whole host of ill feelings.