By Jessica Conigliaro

After spending the past two years together, Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen have called it quits. The two actors simply want different things for their futures. According to People, McAdams is ready to settle down and have kids, but Sheen, already a father to a 14-year old daughter from his relationship with Kate Beckinsale, has no interest in having any more children. Due to their differences in opinions, they ended their relationship. Still, there is no bad blood between the exes.

How can you compromise when you and your partner want different things for the future?

Cupid’s Advice:

Ever since you were five years old, you pictured yourself living in a big yellow house with a black lab and three kids. However, you recently discovered that your partner is allergic to dogs and detests the color yellow. So what now? Cupid offers some advice on ways to compromise with your partner and keep your relationship going strong.

1. Decide what’s most important: Before even discussing future plans and ambitions, figure out what you want without anyone else’s input or opinion. If you decide marriage is most important for you, don’t let anyone stop you from going down the aisle. Find someone that wants the same things as you do so you have no regrets. 

2. Try new things: We all know that your man’s interests may drastically differ form your own. If your boyfriend is set on getting a ferret for a pet, try not to disregard his wish completely. Look into his interests, especially the ones that he’s most passionate about. He will certainly appreciate it and will (hopefully) return the gesture when the time comes.

3. Talk it through: If you and your significant other clearly want different things, deal with the issue right away. Your beau mentions that he wants to move back to the state his parents live in some day, and of course, you panic. Try explaining to him why you don’t want to move to a place where you have no friends or family. It may lead to an argument, but it will help him understand your perspective.

How do you compromise with your partner? Tell us in the comments below.