4 Things I Have Learned About Marriage

July 09, 2012
I want to share with you four things that I have learned about marriage -- and all relationships, really -- in my eight years of being married, and was hoping that you might have some fun tips to share as well :)

1. Communication really is key: My husband and I talk about anything and everything. Our conversations have varied from sex and money to our first crushes in school. I love sitting down with him at the end of the day and seeing where our conversations take us. But communication is not limited to having a good conversation, it's important to let your partner know things and not keep them in the dark all the time, too.

2. You don't have to do everything together: This one took me a couple of years to figure out. I would get upset when my husband wouldn't want to do something with me, or if he would go off and do something without me. Then one day, it hit me, that I don't need to do absolutely everything with him. Yes, we need to be friends and all that jazz, but even friends can't spend every waking moment together.

3. Date Night is important: Even before we had our son, my husband and I would make a point of going to a movie or out for dinner with each other, and sometimes we would even take a walk by the river. Now that we have had our child, we try even harder to get out of the house, just the two of us, at least once a month.

4. Keep an open mind: Don't be afraid to try new things. There may be something that your spouse enjoys, but you never thought you would...until you tried it. It doesn't just apply to that, though: try something new as a couple; keep an open mind while talking to each other; don't push away the idea of getting help if it is needed. Obviously there will be some things you are unwilling to try, but listen to your partner instead of shooting an idea down immediately.

What have you learned about marriage -- or relationships -- so far?


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