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There’s been a lot of recent discussion about how “men need respect” and “women need love.”. Aretha Franklin belted the classic “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” and women worldwide sang along. The truth is that both men and women need respect (and love), but that need is manifested in different ways.
Everybody says that women need love; they need to feel loved by having the men in their lives tell and show them how much they love them. This is the simple truth even when it comes to married couples. But love is not all that women need from their husbands; they also desire to be respected.
Husbands must understand that love for their wives is incomplete if they do not add respect to it. Women feel very reassured by a man who makes it a priority to honour and respect his wife. The combination of love and respect will make a happier wife and ultimately a stronger marriage.
A man can communicate respect to his wife in these five ways:
Support
One way for husbands to show respect for their wives is by supporting their hopes and dreams. Showing interest in your wives interests and making dreams a priority are a mark of respect for her as a person. It means you see her as important in her own right as a human being and consider her aspirations as valid.
Avoid Comparison
Whether it’s her physical attributes or other capabilities, husbands should not compare or be seen as comparing their wives to any other women. When a man keeps his focus on his wife, he’s saying that he appreciates and considers her as enough.
Staring at random woman passing by with your wife present (or not) or constantly comparing other women’s physical attributes or abilities is not respectful to the wife.
Time
When a man allocates and makes out time to bond, communicate and plan with his wife, he is saying to her that she is very important to him. Attaching such importance to the company and companionship of your wife shows a mark of respect as against treating her or spending time with her like an afterthought.
Offering Help
Irrespective of the roles and duties that have been lined out for each partner, helping or offering to help your wife around the house or with other responsibilities is a mark of respect and appreciation. These simple things go a long way.
Asking and Respecting Her Opinion
When a man regularly seeks his wife’s counsel and opinion on matters concerning him and others concerning their lives, he is communicating respect and honour.
Where she has certain personal decisions to make, respecting those opinions, even when you disagree, is also a sign of respect.

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