Being a spouse and a parent is more than driving kids from one extracurricular activity to another and folding another batch of laundry. It is more than making dinner and packing lunches. It is hard work, sleepless nights, feelings of anxiety and stress and cuddles and hugs rolled into one.
Our spouse should be our best friend, our confidant, our companion. Unfortunately, they are also the ones that receive a lot of the harsh words, rude remarks and the snide comments. Whether you are a newlywed or have been married 20 or more years, your spouse deserves to know just how much you care and are grateful for all he or she does for you.
You don’t have to spend money to show your spouse how much you love and care. Your actions speak much louder than the money in your wallet. By showing your love on a regular basis, you will be able to create a much stronger and more stable marriage. Below are a few ways you can show your spouse love without showering him with expensive gifts.
Make a list
Sometimes all your partner needs, especially on those hard days, is a reminder of the good times. Remind your spouse of those tender memories by making a list of those moments you cherish most. Family vacations, holidays, rainy days, whatever it may be, share those moments with your spouse. Sometimes a walk down memory lane is the perfect way to say “I love you.”
Give him time
Time for yourself is hard to find, regardless of your family size. Provide time for your spouse to enjoy things he wants to do, whether it is go fishing, read a book or take a nap. A little time to himself may be exactly what he needs to rejuvenate.
Communication is one of the best ways to show your spouse you truly do love him and are grateful for all he does for your family. Take time every day to sit down with your spouse and talk about your day. If your spouse asks you to do something, acknowledge that you heard what he said and you will get to the task when you have a spare minute. When you have poor communication, feelings of anger and frustration more easily surface. Strong communication is an easy way to keep a strong and happy marriage.
There are many tasks you can do around your home to show your partner love. Perform some of her most dreaded chores such as folding the clothes or weeding the garden. Don’t be afraid to surprise your spouse by preparing and cleaning up after a meal. Work hard to take as much of a load off of your spouse as possible.
It is no secret that you and your spouse love one another, but your actions say a lot in how you value and cherish your spouse. Put a little extra work into your marriage and put your actions to good work. Show your spouse just how much your truly do care.
Courtnie is an editor for FamilyShare.com and has a degree in journalism. She has a slight obsession with running, newspapers and large fuzzy blankets. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and two sons.