I’m Not A Perfect Wife; There is No Perfect Marriage

I’m not a perfect wife; I do not have a perfect husband. There is no such thing as a perfect marriage. There is such a thing as a good, healthy marriage though. A marriage that is based on trust, friendship, communication, intimacy, and humor. I have been married now for 12 years; for some that may seem like a long time, but for others it may seem like only a drop in the bucket.  Here are some things that I have learned over the past 12 years of marriage that I feel help to keep marriage happy and healthy:

 

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1.  Make Time for Your Spouse:
From as simple as asking your mate how their day was (and truly listening and engaging with conversation and eye contact) to making plans for date night! Especially when you have kids in your life and most things throughout the day revolve around them, it’s very important to have that time together to continue your relationship with each other. Turn off the TV, put down that book, stop doing work on the computer, and take time out for that special person in your life to let them know they truly are special.
2.  Keep Common Interests
Continue doing the things you enjoyed together before marriage and in the early years  to help sustain the marriage. It’s easy to change as you age and find new interests, but keeping some similar interests (or creating new ones together) is an important part of making a relationship successful. For instance, we have always loved to travel, so for our 10-year anniversary we planned a trip together to Ireland (a country on our joint wish list of places to travel), and we went by ourselves (thanks again to my parents who watched the kids!). It was a great experience to focus on us as a couple, and not just the us as parents.
3.  Talk Things Out
This is probably the hardest one for me, because I do have a hard time not becoming overemotional and hurt during a discussion, but it truly does help to have honest and open talks about your feelings with each other (even if you do feel hurt by it at first). My husband is able to talk about his feelings in a very open, calm, and logical manner. Even so, I still sometimes get hurt and defensive, but in the end it’s always good to have that open line of communication to know how the other is feeling.  It makes the relationship stronger when you share and communicate with each other and do your best to meet the other person’s needs.
4.  Have Fun with Each Other
They always say laughter is the best medicine, so a fun-loving household is beneficial to everyone in the family,  parents and kids alike! My husband truly is funny, even though I don’t always let on that I think he is, and he brings so much joy and laughter into our family and into our relationship. A fly on the wall would definitely hear some laughter coming from our house. Laughter helps relieve stress, brings people together, and just makes for an all around happier environment.
5.  The Importance of Intimacy
Intimacy should not go out the door just because you get married, it should continue to be a part of your relationship (one in fact that should even get better with time). This can be from a gentle touch to rubbing your spouse’s shoulders, or even just the way you look at your significant other. Everyone wants to feel loved and important, and both partners need to continue to show the other that they are important, attractive, desired, and even just cared for. Keeping your intimate life strong keeps the bond of the partners strong. Go snuggle up to your spouse and give them a kiss! Tell them they are loved! 

 

In Conclusion……

 

All marriages have their ups-and-downs, because as I said before, no marriage is perfect. Marriage takes time, commitment, understanding, and hard work to keep it strong and lasting. Sometime you have to give in, and sometimes you have to know when to let things go. Compromising and communicating can be difficult, but in the end if the prize is a healthy marriage then the work is worth the effort. Working toward a good, healthy marriage is on-going, but continuing to put effort in together brings the couple even closer. My husband has taught me a lot (and continues to teach me) about how to be a better person, mother, spouse, and friend. He is my teacher, my friend, my partner, my confidant, my imperfect loving husband, who I will continue this journey called marriage with!

 

A Happy Couple………..
Mama Luvs Books Happy Couple
Makes for a Happy Family!

 

Kristin

Comments

  1. Love the tips. Congrats on 10 years, that is like a lifetime in this day and age! You and your family look happy and adorable!

  2. Those are very good points. Well written! I need to print it out and tape it to the mirror.

  3. My husband and I agreed when we got married total open communication, even if we don’t want to hear what the other person says we listen with an open mind and heart. It lets things not sit inside and fester so there is no anger about something that happened a few days ago. we set a time for this every morning after we do our couples devotional. We also find it important for us to have couple prayer and the devotionals daily.

    Also we make sure we have a date night/afternoon every one of his offs so at least twice a month, even if its a lunch at the diner down the street its a time for us to be kids again and no talking about home life or the kids a time for us to enjoy each other.

  4. Awww I love this! I agree with all your points too! I love the collage of picture so cute! Great post, thanks for sharing!

  5. Loved your post! All of your tips are spot on. My hubby and I will be celebrating 25 years in Sept. It just seems like yesterday that we met . . . I hope we have another 25+ years together. He is the best!

  6. I liked this post. My SO and I have some disagreements, but I think what keeps us going is we finally realized what is important. You start to let go of the petty things, and just live and let live :) That was a big help for our relationship when we hit a rough patch! Thanks for posting!

  7. Marriage isn’t always 50/50, sometimes you both are doing 100% of the work!

  8. Some great tips. It isn’t always 50/50 but we have to share responsibility. SOmetimes it is hard and I don’t feel like the perfect wife but I certainly try my best.

  9. I totally want to go to Ireland with B! I agree with all of your tips :D

  10. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Its always good to regroup and take some time for your loved one when the day to day minutia gets in the way. DH and I have been together for 13 years and its not always easy but we work together to make it work. Have a wonderful week! :)

  11. My husband and I have been married for over 30 years. You brought up a lot of great points, especially about talking things out. A good marriage doesn’t just happen. It takes some give and take from both people.

  12. A strong marriage certainly takes continuous effort from both partners. Thanks for the tips, and congrats on 10 years!

  13. Thanks for the tips. Even if we know all these already, it’s good to have a reminder!!!

  14. Thanks everyone for the comments!! Yes, the tips are just good reminders! I know I have to continually remind myself of these things in this crazy hectic world where marriage can be put on the back burner so easily.

  15. Open communication is totally key and I love that my husband and I can argue, speak things out and still go to bed in love with each other. Your tips are totally spot on. Congrats on 10 years and wishing you so many more
    Maureen :)

  16. This is a GREAT post. My husband flies off of the handle when I try to be open and honest with him when something is bothering me. It is definitely our biggest hurdle as a couple. I know I can be pretty defensive too but he just goes from zero to sixty in .5 seconds flat. SO frustrating when you’re trying to be open and vulnerable. Other than that, we have a good relationship with the other points that you listed.

  17. Thank you! I love seeing posts like that. Too many people seem to think they have to be perfect and I know danged well I’m not. It always made me feel so inadequate.

    Me and my hubby are far from perfect but we do try and our marriage is mostly fun.

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