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11 Things a Man Should Do in a Relationship

In this blog, I feel inspired to discuss the five basic things a man should do in a relationship.  The Couple  Let’s travel back in time to how it was back then. The man is the head of the family, and he still is today. As the head of the family, he is responsible for all the financial aspects of the family. A man goes to work and provides for his family. The woman was supposed to take care of the home and family. As teenagers, girls were taught how to take care of their husbands, from cooking to cleaning the house, buying groceries, and being good wives. Therefore, the girl child was always prepared for marriage as soon as she turned eighteen. Girls got married very early, and marriages were supposed to last forever. So when a man and a woman get together, they already know their roles and what is expected of them. However, things have changed over the years, and the cost of living is extremely high, making it impossible for families to live on one income. Because of the financial implications, the woman has to go out, work, and help support the family. Now this is where we start to think about equality, where both the man and the woman go out to work. So let’s dive deeper into what the man should do in the relationship:  Pay Bills  The man should pay the bills, especially the major ones like rent or mortgage. As the family head, he should always ensure that his wife and children have a decent and secure place to live. When looking for a place to call home, he should allow his wife to choose their home, and he should take care of the rent or mortgage. I am not saying that the woman should go looking for the most expensive house; the house should be within the family budget. The man should also speak, especially if he feels he is being pressured. The smaller bills can be negotiated between the couple, and the lady should take up the smaller bills. But the question you may ask is, ‘What if the lady earns more money than him? Well, that’s a story for another day!  Clean the house  Cleaning a house is not hard but is also not easy, depending on how big the house is and the ages of the children. If the children are younger, it means that there is much more to be done as opposed to when they are older. The man should help out with cleaning the house, especially the high-function areas like the bathrooms and the kitchen.  Manage Garbage  Women do not like to handle garbage and would rather let someone else do it. Any man should understand this and make sure that the garbage is always taken out at the time when it is supposed to be taken out. Depending on the size of the family, the garbage could be heavy, so, as a man, take responsibility and just take the garbage out.  Maintain the cars  The man should maintain the cars; for instance, he should wash the cars, and if he cannot wash the cars, get someone else to wash them. Imagine a man being at home and his wife struggling to wash her car; it does not look nice and is too much work for the woman. Washing a car is an easy task for men because they are stronger and can get it all done in a short period.  Fill her tank weekly  A man should not let his woman drive into the gas station for gas; it should be his responsibility. He can choose a day, for example, a Sunday, and make sure that he fills her tank.  Breakfast on Bed  At least once every week, on the day that your wife is not going to work, surprise her with breakfast in bed. You have lived with your wife for some time, and you know what she likes. Prepare her favorite breakfast and serve it to her. Any woman in her right senses would love the experience of breakfast in bed from the man that she loves.  Take her on a picnic  Take your wife out on a picnic, spend time together, eat, drink, and enjoy spending time together.  Talk Less  Women tend to talk a lot, and a man, for his own peace, should learn to be a good listener.  Sometimes, we do not really need a response, but just a listening ear.  Try to understand her point of view, and let her know that you support her.  Do not argue with your wife; you will hurt her feelings and spoil her day.  Be Present in the Delivery Room  The day your wife is going to deliver your child, make sure you are present from the onset of labor until your child is born.  Every woman needs that kind of support from her man.  Take days off work early enough to make sure that you will be available for your child’s birth.  Drive  When travelling with your wife in your personal car, be kind enough to drive the car unless she offers to drive.  However, most of the time, take the lead and drive the car to your destination.  Take Her Calls  Whenever your wife calls you, make sure you receive her calls.  If she sends a text message, respond as soon as possible.  Make her calls and text messages your number one priority.

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