Jul 29 2009

How To Save Your Marriage

Aram

…from your kids.

Yes, kids put a strain on your marriage.  When your first kid is born, there’s suddenly this demanding little slug that simply cannot be ignored.  You will put blinders on and sacrifice everything for them, ignoring yourself and your mate.  In return, they will really only understand anything about your needs after they’ve grown and left the house.

Luckily, Parenting.com has some sound advice (link goes to the CNN article) on how to maintain your marriage after kids.

The List:

  1. Create warm welcomes
  2. Try 20-minute reconnects
  3. Set early bedtimes
  4. Share the load
  5. Encourage your kids’ independence
  6. Revive your past
  7. Put sex on your calendar
  8. Fight as if the neighbors can hear you
  9. Remember: Dad’s way works too
  10. Be a cheap date
  11. Understand the stages of marriage

It’s worth checking the article out for further exposition of this list.  I especially like the closing statement.

…you don’t have to choose between a happy marriage and happy, secure kids.  By having the first, you’ll likely get the second as well.

Truer words was never spoke.


Jul 8 2009

The Stagnation Station

Aram

So you’ve got a good job, a beautiful wife, a nice house in the suburbs, 2 cars, good neighbors, 1.5 kids, and a dog.

What now?

Ever catch yourself going just through the motions? Missing the spontaneity you had before you were married and just after? Are you stagnating?

First off, recognize that it’s normal. The vague discontent that’s endemic to modern American society can easily creep into your marriage. You don’t even have to give it permission, entropy will just take its course unless you actively fight against it. All you’ve got to do to stagnate your marriage is go on about your daily business, thinking of other things.

oliveFingersRemember in college you flew by the seat of your pants? You rushed frats, went ice-blocking, threw food, stayed out too late, and otherwise abused your body in ways it would take you too long to recover from now. Your mind was going a mile a minute and so was your body.

Now that you’re all old and responsible, you’ve done it all, and you don’t have the desire to do those things any more…but you do still have the need for the feeling you got while doing them.

So do new things. Chase the unconventional and drag your wife along for the ride. If she objects…tickle her mercilessly. If she’s not ticklish, run and get a squirt gun. Bonus points if she’s wearing white. That feeling of exhilaration is too precious to be wasted on your youth.

I mean really, when was the last time you made a killer rat-tail and gave somebody a good towel-snap? Had a Drop Cloth Dinner*? A pudding fight? Or did any of the above with the kids while your wife went to the salon or shopping or something?

Go to it. Make something crazy happen. Your wife used to love that about you, remember? I bet she still would, once she gets over her initial shock.

*Drop Cloth Dinner

Ingredients:

  1. Drop cloth, 3 mil contractor’s plastic, or similar covering
  2. Pot of spaghetti & meatballs.  Let cool slightly before serving
  3. Lettuce and tomatoes for a salad.
  4. Some toast.  If you have french bread, fine.  If not, no big deal.  Put a little garlic on it.
  5. Ice cream. Your favorite flavor.
  6. Something to drink.

Preparation:

Put the plastic down on the table. Put the spaghetti on the plastic in front of your wondering family. Put the salad and toast nearby. That’s it! No forks, knives, spoons, or plates. Just you and a pile of spaghetti. Bon Apetit! Ice cream will go there afterwards.

See, now that wasn’t hard, was it?


Jul 7 2009

Tips ‘n’ Tricks

Aram

Here’s a good one to pull on your wife. It sounds silly I know, but try it. Trust me.

  1. After you’re done having a phone conversation about some mundane things, call back in 5 minutes to tell your wife how great she is, or thank her for something she did, or tell her you just wanted to hear her voice.

I realize it’s not natural, but give it a shot. What can it hurt?

Here, let me put it in perspective. Can you imagine how you’d feel if she called you out of the blue just to say what an amazing husband and provider you are? Or how much she respects you? Not a bad call to get, right?

Why not beat her to the punch and do it to her first?