4 ways to greet your husband at the end of the day
When I was growing up, my mother often said “the woman sets the emotional temperature of the home.” What she meant was, more than anyone else, the wife and mother in a home has the power to set the mood for the rest of the family. After I married, I
When I was growing up, my mother often said “the woman sets the emotional temperature of the home.” What she meant was, more than anyone else, the wife and mother in a home has the power to set the mood for the rest of the family.
After I married, I found — little to my surprise — that this idea was absolutely true, even when our home consisted of only myself and my husband. Although his mood obviously had an effect on our home, I discovered that mymood was often more important in determining the “emotional temperature” in our home. If I was tired, stressed, and unhappy, the evening had a tendency to be quiet and disconnected. If I was happy, relaxed, and focused on how much I loved my husband, our evening was usually a happy one.
Even though it may seem a little unfair to place responsibility for the mood of the family squarely on the woman’s shoulders, it can be a wonderful way to embrace a role as a homemaker — andto have a happy home. Many wives and mothers who stay at home (and many who work, as well) have the opportunity to make their home a haven for their families; the kind of place it’s a pleasure to be at the end of the day.
Few things help set the mood in a home better than how you greet your husband when he comes home at the end of a day. Do you meet him with a list of things-to-do or a litany of the frustrations of your day — or do you make an effort to spend a minute or two re-connecting and showing how much you love him?
If you feel like your homecoming routine could use a little work, here are a few tips to help spice up your greeting at the end of the day:
Make eye contact
Look him in the eyes when he walks through the door. Show him that you’re prepared to focus on himfor at least a minute or two. Let him know that you’re glad to have him home and that his presence in your home is important to you.
Always greet him with a kiss
While it can be easy to get caught up in whatever has been going on in yourday, and view your husband as a fellow worker who’s finally come to take over the next shift, it’s important to remember that your marriage is a top priority. Greeting your husband with a kiss helps you both remember the excitement and romance that brought you together in the first place — something that can, at times, seem very far away when you’re caught up in the day-to-day grind!
Stop what you’re doing
It can be tough to break away from whatever it is you’re doing when your husband walks in the door, but taking just a moment to greet him with undivided attention can make a big difference. After all, if your husband is the most important person in your life, shouldn’t he deserve to feel that way?
Ask him how his day went, and tell him about yours. Take a few minutes for some conversation before you both disappear into household chores and dinner prep.
Remember, it’s okay if it’s not perfect. Maybe you haven’t had a single moment to pick up the house before your husband returns from work. Maybe the baby has been crying all day long, and you haven’t had a chance to shower. Greeting your husband isn’t about achieving perfection; it’s about taking the time to show him just how much he means to you. It’s important for both of you, and for your family as a whole, that the two of you have a few minutes to re-connect and re-focus on just why you became a family in the first place. Who knows? After a few minutes of focusing on your love for your spouse, cleaning up those toys may not seem like such a daunting job, after all.