25 AWESOME MARRIAGE TIPS
Whether You’re a Newlywed or Empty-Nester, Here Are Some Surefire Ways to Help You and Your Spouse Enjoy Wedded Bliss.
By Megan Gladwell
Perhaps your marriage is a blissful paradise, or maybe sometimes you’d like to strangle your sweetheart. Whether you’re a newlywed or empty-nester, take note. Here are 25 awesome marriage tips to help you and your spouse enjoy wedded bliss.
- Don’t be a martyr: Communicate your needs. “I’m ready to collapse. Could you put the kids to bed tonight?”
- Nag and your spouse will learn to tune you out. And probably avoid you.
- Build up your partner with sincere praise: Never, ever criticize. Only compliment.
- Be playful: Joke around, have fun with each other, and laugh together.
- Decide who should handle the bookkeeping: Be practical and choose whoever does it better. Be willing to openly and freely discuss finances, and don’t hide any financial areas. Compromise, strive to become debt-free and learn to live within your means.
- Don’t hold grudges: Be the first to say you’re sorry – even when it’s hard to swallow your pride. Do your part to smooth things over. Put your marriage and your spouse’s feelings first, always.
- Leave a sweet note every now and then for no particular reason.
- Love the whole package: Maybe your wife has a few more grays and laugh lines, or your man is balding as his waistline expands. Cherish your sweetheart and stay true to your marriage commitment.
- Show your kids that your marriage comes before them: When your kids notice your devotion and respect for each other, their sense of security increases.
- Go out on a weekly date.
- Rendezvous when you’re both ready: Intimacy is great, but help set the mood by pitching in with the kids and chores first.
- Don’t criticize your spouse’s family: Maybe your sister-in-law is a slob or your father-in-law drives you crazy. Complaining to your spouse about her family can cause embarrassment and friction.
- Pray together: Consider God to be the third partner in your marriage.
- Make the bed: Fill his car tank with gas. Hang up her damp towel. Remember, courtesy is love in action.
- Don’t gossip about your spouse: Revealing personal or intimate details or complaining about your hubby to your friends is inappropriate and a violation of trust.
- Take care of yourself: Though you’re not in the dating game anymore, don’t turn into a bum. Make an effort to look nice for your spouse.
- Let your honey sleep: Take an extra turn with your newborn, get up for the late-night phone call, and don’t slam the door in the morning.
- Listen to your spouse’s work woes.
- Remember that you’re in an equal partnership: That means having equal say in parenting, a new car, the house and the other big decisions.
- Save your flirtations for your own sweetheart: Don’t make eyes at her best friend or his best pal.
- Always remember your better half on anniversaries and birthdays: Even with a simple note or card. If you forget, make it up in a big, heartfelt way.
- Love yourself: Maybe you don’t look like a 25-year-old supermodel or triathlete. Don’t fret over your aging or imperfect body. Your spouse chose you, and your self-confidence makes you very attractive.
- Don’t keep secrets: Tiny secrets (your private chocolate stash) are OK, but large secrets (maxed out credit cards) are not.
- Don’t friend your old flame on Facebook: Don’t jeopardize the trust in your marriage by rekindling an old romance via social media, which is a leading cause of divorce.
- Just talk: Communicate frequently, share your news, and ask about each other’s day.
Simply stated, unselfishness yields a happy marriage. Always put your spouse first in your life.