Wednesday, February 21, 2007

marriage guidelines

Wisdom gained from six successful years:
(of course, we're way too disorganized to divorce)

  1. Accentuate the positive.

    If the thought crosses your mind that you're grateful that he watched the kids or washed the dishes, that he looks cute, or has a nice smile, or how pleasant it is to hear his voice on the telephone, say so immediately.

  2. Be diplomatic and constructive about the negative.

    Before you complain, think: What's going on with him? Is this a good time?

    Is there some weakness of your own you can admit to in preface to complaining about his? For example, "I know I left my clothes on the floor yesterday, but I didn't find your dirty socks under the bed until after I did laundry today. So if you want clean socks, could you please try to remember to throw your dirty ones in the hamper?"

  3. Have sex as frequently as possible.

    It reduces stress, makes you feel closer together, and is probably a big reason why you got married in the first place.

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