As you go about your life, you’ll recognize a few patterns when it comes to relationships that you have and relationships that your friends and family have as well. There are always milestones that you can look to that will help indicate the degree of connection you have with another person.

Think about some of these milestones that you can use as points of reference. There is the time when couples will buy engagement and wedding rings for each other. There’s the wedding itself which is a significant milestone. If couples plan to move in together, that’s another big check off a list on the relationship spectrum. And, there is the decision to have children. There are lots of other milestones, but those are some familiar anchors to pin some feelings about the depth of relationships to. Let us take some time to explore all of them so that you can get some insights on what you need to do at each stage.

1. Buying the Rings:

When a couple has been together for a while, and the feelings are intense enough, it may be time to purchase an engagement ring. With some couples, this is a natural progression of mutual feelings. Buying a new set of rings can take your relationship to the next level. Other times it may come as more of a surprise request from one person to another. As a milestone, this means that the path of the relationship will diverge sharply from friendship to something much more serious. Therefore, you can buy new rings if you want to renew your feelings with one another.

2. Planning the Wedding:

Also along those same lines, it’s a big milestone in a couple’s timeline when you begin planning the wedding itself. Some people choose to hire a wedding planner so that it’s less stressful for the immediate parties involved. Other people really enjoy going through all of the steps to figure out how the going to invite friends and family to celebrate this momentous occasion. From an outside perspective, it’s usually good to try to avoid the bridezilla effect though. After the wedding, you will feel as if you have opened a new page for your marriage.

3. Moving in Together:

Is it time to move in with your partner? That’s a big question. If you move in too soon, it can disrupt the delicate balance that your relationship has. However, if you wait for too long, it might be difficult to figure out how to merge your lives in a way that makes sense within the framework of the relationship that you’re developing. Moving together is a critical step that couples need to think about critically before they make. Different cultures have different opinions and perspectives about when it is appropriate to move in with another person as well.

4. Choosing to Have Children:

Finally, many couples consider it a milestone when they begin having decisions about children. One thing you need to understand is that children add meaning and joy to a family. However, you need to be extremely keen when making decisions about children. At what age is it appropriate to start thinking about having kids? Is everyone at the right point in their career to want to have children? As adults begin to discuss these questions together, the logistics and emotional content of this particular milestone really come to the surface. Some pregnancies are not planned, but the ones that are usually are accompanied by more specific desires and goals for family life.

With all this information, you have all it takes to go through the major milestones as a couple. Each stage comes with its own set of challenges but preparing well will help you to emerge as winners.