We might always hear people say that marriage is hard work but one man and wife are preaching the complete opposite.
The man claims on his blog that marriage ‘is not a Nicholas Sparks novel’ and ‘couples do not ride off into the sunset’, so he believes people need to be realistic about maintaining long-term relationships.
Their first rule is to never badmouth your spouse to someone who isn’t them.
“No one should ever hear anything bad about your spouse from you,” Ryan wrote.
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“It’s one thing to joke with friends about something trivial and quite another to demean your spouse’s character.”
His second rule is to ‘over communicate’ and never just assume your partner knows exactly what you’re talking about.
Rule three is to try new things as a couple.
“Trying new things gets an individual out of their comfort zone and is often easier as a couple, allowing you both to grow stronger together,” Ryan wrote.
The fourth rule is to always be each other’s biggest champion.
“Bring home champagne after a promotion at work, back each other up when engaging in that battle with your heathen toddler, work out together, etc,” he wrote.
Rule five is to be grateful for everything your spouse contributes to the household and most importantly ‘don’t keep score’.
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The last rule is to always ‘trust and respect each other’, especially when you’re in front of your kids.
“If you do not respect your spouse in front of other people, why should those people respect your spouse?,” he wrote.
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Twitter users were impressed with Ryan’s clever tricks, claiming they’re so ‘important’ for people to remember.
“Agree! My parents were married for 55 yrs and I can say, I never once saw or overheard them disrespecting each other. It really helped guide my co parenting style with my ex,” one person said.
“I love all this pointers, So true I can attest to this in my marriage. It’s so important to over communicate to avoid hidden assumptions which kills a lot of relationships,” another person said.