We all want to live happily ever after, but no one gives us a rule book for how to do that. But here are some tips for how to be the best husband.
We didn’t think it would be this difficult, right? You know… marriage. The Disney movies and chick flicks make it seem so easy. Find someone who’s cute and you like to be around, date for a while, propose, and then ride off into the sunset. Easy as pie!
Well, maybe not.
Whether you are a newlywed or have been married for decades, you know that marriage can be challenging. But you know what? It doesn’t have to be.
You see, it’s not that marriage is complicated, it’s that people don’t know how to do it right. No one taught us how to have a good romantic relationship… for the rest of our lives. And unless your parents were the perfect model for marriage, then most of us just didn’t have anyone to teach us.
How to be the best husband – Little changes that lead to happiness
Don’t worry. You really can be the best husband to your wife. But you know what? There is one thing you definitely need to know right off the bat. You need to put some effort into it. Yes, you heard me. You can’t just sit back, be lazy, and expect her to be happy. You have to actually take actions in order to be the best husband.
I know, I know. We all just want to magically have the perfect relationship while simultaneously being selfish. Yeah, umm, that can’t happen. But the effort required to be the best husband isn’t really that difficult, so let’s take a look at some things you should be doing.
#1 Talk to her. This should be obvious. But to some men, it’s not. Believe it or not, a lot of husbands think it’s a chore to talk to their wives. They think that women talk too much and give too many irrelevant details about their lives that they just don’t care about.
But listen to me… your wife wants you to care! And even if you don’t, you’re going to have to fake it. Talk to her. I mean really talk to her. Don’t just sit there like a blob and listen. Engage in conversation. She’ll love it.
#2 Share the chores. Sure, who wouldn’t love to have a maid to do all the household chores? I know I would! In fact, that’s one of my regular fantasies. But I digress. Here’s a newsflash – this is the 21st century. Gone are the days when the wife was the one who did all the cooking, cleaning, other household chores.
These days, women work outside the home too! They are tired. They can’t do it all by themselves. So, you need to be her partner and do your half. Don’t wait for her to tell you to do it, otherwise she’ll think of you as another child. And no wife wants a man-child around.
#3 Share the kid responsibilities. I know you don’t like to change diapers. Who does? I know your wife doesn’t. I mean, it’ smelly and gross. But beyond the diapers, kids can be just downright exhausting. Sure, we love them. They’re our kids. But we need a break.
So, make sure that you are her partner in parenting. Feed them. Bathe them. Discipline them. Love them. Give your wife a break. Let her go take a bath or get a massage.
#4 Help her keep track of plans. According to research, the most stressful thing for a woman is to be the only one who keeps track of plans for the family. She knows that Johnny has soccer practice at 4:00 on Tuesday, and Suzie has an appointment at the dentist Friday after school.
She also knows that you are getting together with the Johnsons next Saturday, and that you have to participate in a 5K run in May. This is exhausting to be the only one who keeps track of everything. So, in order to be the best husband, you have to be her partner.
#5 Pay attention to her needs. The world doesn’t revolve around you. While you rationally know that, a lot of men don’t get it. They are kind of selfish. Don’t be selfish. A marriage is about two people trying to meet each other’s needs, not the wife trying to please her husband 100% of the time.
Ask her what she needs. Does she like back rubs? To be alone for an hour with a glass of wine and a good book? Does she need you to hold her hand and cuddle with her on the couch? Ask her. She’ll tell you. Then do what she wants and needs.