They say opposites attract, but what happens when you and your man start disagreeing about almost everything? Say he doesn't want to spend the weekend with your family, but you do. Maybe he wants you to be more malambing, but it's not your nature. He hates traveling, but you want to see the world. What then? Do you just drop those issues to avoid potential arguments? But if you do that, how do you keep resentment from brewing?

While your relationship doesn't revolve around these things, leaving your differences unsettled can result in messy situations. To make sure that doesn't happen, here are a few tips to help you clear the air:

(First published as "Resolving Conflict," an entry in the "Keep It Real" column in Good Housekeeping Philippines' "Good Family" section, in August 2007. Adapted for use in Female Network. Additional reporting by Jennifer Chan. Photo by Guian Bolisay via Flickr Creative Commons.)

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