There are obvious — and not so obvious — ways to tell our husbands how much we love them. Men, pay attention — if your wife hasn't verbally said "I love you" today, she probably has said it in other ways. Here are some to look for.
Bragging about our husbands is a way women show them that we love them and are proud of them and all that they accomplish. Talking about our husband's accomplishments, positive attitude toward a stressful situation, how good of a dad they are, etc. is a way of saying, "I do pay attention to your awesomeness and everything you do for me and for us, your family."
2. Setting a firm and unbreakable no-gossip rule
Prohibiting our children, family and friends to not criticize and gossip about our husbands shows them love and respect. Those around us should know that we won't allow anyone to make our husband feel down or embarrassed. Our husbands appreciate a gossip and judgment-free life.
3. Alone time
Explaining to our kids that even though they want to jump all over Dad constantly, he occasionally needs a little time for himself. Dads work hard to provide for their families, and deserve a little downtime. This can be as simple as letting him take a long shower after a stressful day.
4. Teaching our children to show love and respect for their dads
Talking to our children about the daily sacrifices that their dad makes for the family is the best way to help our husbands see how loved they are. Letting children know that dad provides food, clothes and toys helps them understand. Teach them creative ways to thank him. Something as small as a hand-made card, or helping mom to cook dad's favorite dish will make him happy.
5. Asking our husband's opinion about something personal.
Including them in our decision-making process show them we value their opinion. I myself like using my husband's deep reasoning to make better decisions.
Massage is a great way to bond with our husbands, and help them ease a little stress as well.
7. Allowing and encouraging buddy time
We know our husbands. We know that, like ours, their days are busy. Helping them realize that they deserve to have fun, and encouraging them to take some time to enjoy themselves, shows them that we care about their happiness.
Taking the time to have conversations with him every day is important in a marriage. Asking how he is doing, both physically and emotionally, shows that you care and gives him some time to open up if he feels the need.
9. Setting up his doctor appointments
Though simple, this one shows our husbands that we care about their well-being. Plus, they don't always stay on top of this one as they should.
10. Supporting and loving his family
No family is perfect, but our families are a huge part of who we are. Showing love and respect for your husband's family shows him that you care about where he came from and who he is. If his family is nearby, and he has a close relationship with them, encourage him to have some time alone with them here and there to bond. Also, being sure to spend time with them together is a great way to show love for him and them.
11. Making food
We have all heard that the way to a man's heart is his favorite food. Women work hard as well, whether in the home or outside of it — preparing a meal for our husbands, especially after a long day, shows them we are thinking of them and love them.