We understand how it is – some wives would be happy to hear anything come out of their husbands’ mouths.
“I don’t care what he says, just so long as he talks to me more than the occasional grunt.” Or, “A little eye contact would be nice. Even when he does talk to me, his concentration keeps drifting away to the television or his smart phone. It’s like there’s always something he’d rather do than have a conversation.”
However (and we trust that All Pro Dads are well beyond the, “What? Why would we be having a conversation?” stage), sometimes just a handful of the right words are more welcome than a boatload of “Can you believe the game last night?”
But here’s the bottom line. Fact: nothing works its way to the core of a woman’s heart like the right words from the man she loves. Here, then, are 5 things every wife wants to hear her husband say:
1. “I love you.”
Yes, we’ve talked about this one before. But, All Pro Dads, we have reason to believe there’s still room for coaching in this area. We are 100% wrong if we think we can get by with saving “I love you” for special occasions, or believing, “I don’t have to say it every day, she already knows I love her.”
2. “You are amazingly beautiful!”
Your wife wants, needs, to hear her husband say, “You’re the most beautiful woman in the world.” She wants to know she still rattles your bones. This is true if you’re newly married and in the peak of physical health; it’s true if you’re middle-aged, overweight, and worn by the cares of the world; and it’s true when you’re 92-years-old and mostly beyond repair. Tell her she’s beautiful. It happens to be true.
3. “Are you free Tuesday night for a date?”
Tell her you want her to go out! Treat her like you’re still trying to win her love. Ask her if she’s free, and then make sure the evening is special. Asking her out demonstrates respect, desire, commitment, caring enough to plan ahead, and a whole lot more. She needs to know that she is your priority. She needs to hear you articulate why your relationship is worth such a commitment of time. Do it already!
4. “Let’s go shopping together.”
Often the only input husbands offer about clothes shopping is criticism, warnings not to spend too much, and excuses to stay home. Fact is, your wife would love to have you along. And the occasional, “Buy it. You make that dress look like a million dollars. Say, why don’t we get you some shoes, too?” will be music to her ears.
5. “You make me want to be a better man.”
We borrowed this classic line from Jack Nicholson’s character in the movie As Good as It Gets. Let your wife understand that she completes you, and that your relationship is something beautiful that moves you forward in your life. We all need to grow. It’s a given, and your wife wants to hear that she’s an important part of that equation.
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