WifeCode™ Key 4: Guard Your Marriage…with ALL Diligence

5colorkeysnumberedRegardless of how long you’ve been married, you can trust and believe that there will come a point in your marriage when some outside force will try to penetrate the foundation that you and your spouse worked so hard to fortify.

This is why we, as wives, must remain vigilant against these ill-intentioned foes because they can and will assume many forms. That’s what makes them so tricky to identify because, like chameleons, they find a way to blend into the surroundings of our lives so that they can wreak havoc and stir up turmoil before they move-on…all while we’re left trying to figure out the source of the chaos and confusion.

These masters of disguise will present themselves in many forms; however, their purpose always remains the same—to take or destroy what you have because they want it for themselves. Whatever the motive that drives those outside forces, the end-result is always the same. So what’s a wife to do to combat these outside forces, and how does she go about protecting her marriage from them??? The answer is embedded in the Fourth Key to the WifeCode™, which is simply to guard your marriage with ALL diligence.

Maintaining the balance of power in your marriage and in your relationship with your husband are of paramount importance to shoring-up the structural integrity of the foundation of your marriage. You and your HUSBAND worked hard to build what YOU have together; I repeat, you and YOUR HUSBAND worked to build what you have TOGETHER…not you and other forces outside of your marriage like you and your BFF…not you and “Sister Super-Christian” from church…not you and your mother…not you and your sister…not you and anyone else other than your husband put in the time, energy, and effort to lay the foundation upon which your marriage is built.

So why would you allow anyone or anything to come into your marriage that: (1) does not directly contribute to the success of your marriage; (2) that does not directly contribute to the happiness of your marriage; (3) that does not directly contribute to the intimacy of your marriage; and, (4) does not contribute to your marriage in any real, meaningful way threaten what you have?

At first, you might not even recognize the outside forces when they show up, knocking on the door of your marriage because they could come disguised as the caring friend who always lends a sympathetic ear as you talk about everything that’s going wrong in your life or as the bottle of wine that you find yourself reaching for every time a problem arises in your marriage with your husband.

If you can hear the forces knocking, here’s the most important thing you can do to keep those forces from gaining entry and cracking the foundation of your marriage—NEVER DISCUSS YOUR MATRIMONIAL BUSINESS WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR HUSBAND! In other words, keep your private life with your husband private as your marriage should ALWAYS be off-limits as a topic of discussion between you and anyone other than your husband.

Ladies, this is the most fool-proof way to guard your marriage. We have to do a much better job of airing our grievances about our marriages with the person that we’re married to, and no one else. This is the best way to close the information loop between what’s happening in your marital situation and the outside forces that are waiting for the perfect opportunity to shake the foundation of your marriage. The truth of the matter is that no one outside of your marriage can fix the problems that are happening in your marriage, except for you and the person you’re married to.

Every time you discuss the problems in your marriage with someone other than your husband, you surrender certain aspects of your power as a wife—aspects that affect your credibility with your husband, which can be hard to regain, depending on the information disclosed and to whom.

Unless you and your husband are experiencing problems that require a level of intervention that, other than God himself, only a licensed and certified counseling professional can provide, you should not go around telling your matrimonial business to anyone who will listen! You must know that everyone with whom you are an associate does not have your best interest at heart.

In fact, some of those folks may be secretly plotting to remove you from your situation, in hopes to claim your position, and your loose lips are giving them everything they need to do just that. Remember, loose lips sink ships, so don’t let your mouth be the reason why the ship that is your marriage starts taking on water.

…and just like that, we’ve come to the final Key to the WifeCode™! This key is all about the importance of striking the balance between ego and self-esteem, and their relationship to the power that we have in our marriages.

Copyright 2015

WifeCode™ Key 3: Present The Most Authentic Version of Yourself at All Times

Ladies…Ladies…Ladie5colorkeysnumbereds…the importance of this key cannot be underscored enough because it is certain that there will come a time in your marriage when you will begin to question who you are, the woman you’ve become, and why all of the things that used to matter to you have just about all but lost their appeal.

This line of self-interrogation usually happens sometime after the honeymoon phase of your marriage has ended, which is typically when you begin to settle into the routine of marriage. You’ll know when you get there because that’s the point when everything about YOU—specifically, all of the things that make you “YOU,” get eclipsed by your efforts to meet and exceed the expectations that you now have to live up to all because you got hitched.

You see, these “expectations” get embedded into our subconscious as little girls and, at best, serve to provide us with a false sense of identity as we grow older because we are groomed from the earliest point in our lives to believe that in order to be regarded as both a “good” woman AND a “good” wife, we must “present” ourselves in a certain type of way.

As a result, we strive to be everything that is regarded as “good” and “acceptable” in the eyes of everyone around us while we subconsciously suppress, surrender, and sacrifice bits and pieces of ourselves that don’t fit into the image of all that is “good and acceptable” until the authenticity of who we are gets replaced by routine, learned responses to the demands and expectations that get super-imposed on us.

If you’ve arrived at this point in your marriage, you’re probably seeing the routine that you’ve settled into…you know…the routine way that you live day-in and day-out…the routine that dictates everything that you do and how you do them…in the same way…at the same time…day-in and day-out…each and every day.

It’s a sobering reality that’s sort of like imagining yourself standing on the edge of a chasm looking over to the other side, trying to reconcile the difference between the woman you are now that you’re married and the woman that you were before you embarked upon your matrimonial journey. The valley is that place that you must cross to reconnect the dots of your existence in that regard.

So, why is this? Why is it so difficult for us, as wives, to strike a balance that allows us the time and space that we need to maintain our sense of self…that is to maintain those things that are important to us…our unique personality traits…our identities, our hobbies…our interests…our thoughts…and whatever else that makes us unique, different, and special; all while being everything that we need to be to everyone in our lives WITHOUT sacrificing the essence of who we are? That’s the question, and Key #3 to the WifeCode™ will answer it.

The duality of our existence as wives can be tricky because we each have to navigate our way through the process of becoming a good wife without the benefit of prior knowledge of how marriage really works or without any subsequent preparation for the role. There is no course on how to be a wife beyond the traditional introduction to marriage that typically comes through pre-marital counseling, coupled with the “advice” that many of us receive from other wives.

Most of us receive our initial introduction to wifehood by observing how other wives operate and how they relate to their spouse in the context of marriage. We see their happiness…their joy…their laughter…their excitement…their love. We see whatever it is that we think is consistent with our beliefs about how we should be as wives. Then, we hone-in on it, study it, and let it serve as a frame-of-reference for how we should be as wives.

Problematic? I believe so, and here’s why. When we begin to model our behavior and our actions around what we think and/or perceive to be the “right” way to either be or do things in the eyes of those whose opinion about us shouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, the elements of us that make us “us” get masked and often go unnoticed—more often to our detriment because we’re left feeling unfulfilled…dissatisfied…disillusioned…dejected…distanced…and so-on because we cannot be free to be and express ourselves authentically.

Ladies, if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that there’s a part of our being that exists deep within…you know…that’s the place where we keep our vulnerabilities hidden from folks in an effort to protect ourselves emotionally.  That’s the place where we hide our fear of rejection, our fear of not being “good enough,” and, the worst of all, our fear of not “measuring-up,” regardless of the context. Whenever we “play things safe” and remain vulnerable to those things that limit our ability to be our authentic selves we lose our power. Nowhere is this truth more pronounced than in marriage.

The truth of the matter is that your power in life, in marriage, in your place as a woman, and in your role as a wife is all connected to the authenticity of who you are at the core of your being. You have to be you—authentically and unapologetically—because no one else can stand-in and live your life for you. You have to make the time to nurture the balance between you as a woman with interests, thoughts, beliefs, and opinions and you as a wife who is a partner in a marriage where your interests, thoughts, beliefs, and opinions are just as important as those of your spouses.

The key take-away here is that no one should ever have to blow the flame on your candle out so that the flame on their candle can flicker brighter. In the same way, you should not have to sacrifice bits and pieces of who you are to fit into an unrealistic mold of a woman with whom you’re not familiar just to be accepted by folks whose opinion of you shouldn’t matter in the end. Remember—your husband married you, which is why the Fourth Key to the WifeCode™ will focus on the importance of protecting your marriage!

Copyright 2015

WifeCode™ Key #2: “Reconnect With Your Inner Helpmeet.”

5colorkeysnumberedI do realize that some wives reading this post will argue that the title for the second key to the WifeCode™ will set women’s progress back at least fifty years, but hear me out on this one. Regardless of what your personal beliefs and opinions are on what a helpmeet is or if the term is still applicable to the role and responsibility of a wife within the context of marriage in today’s world, the reality is that each of us became a helpmeet by default when we said “I do.”

While the concept of marriage has remained constant over time, the concept of a helpmeet has become somewhat skewed as the definition of marriage and thoughts about traditional marriage roles have changed.

You may be wondering what this has to do with you, and you may even be asking questions like “why do I need to reconnect with ‘her,’” and “what value does ‘she’ add to who I am as a wife?” I would argue that the answers to those questions are really simple in that the origin of our creation as women embodies a certain level of duty and responsibility to the purpose for marriage that transcends time. It is in that duty and responsibility where we, as women, must look to unlock our power in our marriages; hence the reason why Key #2 to the WifeCode™ is on the importance of reconnecting with your inner helpmeet.

When we think of the term “helpmeet,” our thoughts tend to lean toward the Bible because of the association of the term “helpmeet” with the story of Adam and Eve and Creation. In the traditional sense of the word, we’re taught that as wives, our primary responsibility is to be a “helpmeet” to our husband—that we are to be his helper…his companion…his partner…his “other half”…etc…etc. In striving to be all that the term “helpmeet” implies, we as women get so caught-up in trying to be everything to all of the people in our lives simultaneously that we lose sight of the importance and the value that we add to the one person who matters most—our husband. If we’re not careful to check our motives and our intentions, all of our “helpful” actions will create an imbalance that, if unchecked, will cause a serious rift in our situation, Ladies.

So how will reconnecting with my inner helpmeet help me to unlock my power in my marriage, you ask? The key-to-the-key here is to RECALIBRATE the balance in your marriage by simply doing the things that “helpmeets” do! Begin by rethinking the motives and intentions that govern the way you interact with and relate to your spouse. Are your motives and intentions being driven by your underlying desire to get your way in a specific situation, thereby causing you to act a certain way or say certain things? Then, in an act of completely honest self-examination, determine whether or not you are truly serving to help or to hinder your marriage, based on what you discover about yourself as you look within to begin this work.

In understanding how traditional marriage roles have evolved over time, I’ve learned that being a helpmeet is not so much about bowing-down in subservience to your husband’s every whim as it is about understanding the context and virtue with which women were created while recognizing that that’s the source of our power. Here are two ways that you can subtly reintroduce your husband to your inner helpmeet by showing him that you respect his role and what he contributes to the marriage in much of the same way as you want him to respect you and your contributions. Trust me, he WILL notice your efforts, and he’ll love you even more for doing so!

  1. Stand by Your Man: Ladies, in the same way that we want to feel supported by our husbands, our husbands need to feel that same level of support from us. We need to make sure that our husbands know that we’re there for them, and that they’re not alone in the struggle—whatever the struggle might be. Although you might not agree with everything that your husband might say or do…and vice-versa…you should always stand in unity with your husband; ESPECIALLY concerning any issue that serves to threaten the foundation of your marriage or your family. In other words, keep outsiders on the outside of your marriage, and never let them witness you not having your man’s back.

 

Your focus should be on building a relationship with your husband that feeds his spirit and nourishes his soul in such a way that he won’t have room to question your loyalty to him because your loyalty will be reinforced by everything that you do to help him to be a better, stronger man.

 

  1. Take Care of Home: When women of a certain age hear the phrase “take care of home,” there’s an unspoken tidbit of advice embedded in the wording that basically suggests that, as a woman, you should keep your man satisfied, pleased, and fulfilled because if you won’t, someone else will. While a healthy sex life is of utmost importance in any marriage, taking care of home is about more than making sure that you serve up hot sex on a platter every night. While our husbands need us to fulfill our wifely duties and take care of their sexual needs, they also need us to take care of the needs of the house itself. A man’s home is his castle, and, as wives, we have to have the skills and the ability needed to maintain his castle.

 

Ladies, we need to literally take care of home; flex our domestic muscles so-to-speak…keep the house clean…keep the laundry cleaned and pressed…keep the stove hot with home-cooked meals…attend to your children…maintain a stress-free environment in your home…etc. etc. In short, we need to cover ALL of our bases, Ladies. Although taking care of home might sound like something out of the 50s with all the talk about housekeeping and all—ESPECIALLY to the modern woman of today—but again, this is what’s really real when it comes down to it. Oh…and never leave your husband uncovered because there will be another woman somewhere standing at-the-ready to offer him a blanket.

And that’s basically what we need to do to begin the process of reconnecting with our inner helpmeet! The key takeaways here are rather straight-forward: (1) that our husbands must be able to feel that we support them;  (2) that our husbands must know beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt that we’re in-it-to-win-it with them; and, (3) that our husbands must believe that ALL of their needs are being met by their helpmeet. Ladies, we have to get back-to-basics when it comes to shoring-up the foundation of our marriages by being the one thing to our husbands that no one other woman can be—his helpmeet.

Stay tuned for the Third Key to the WifeCode™, which will focus on the importance of YOU!

Copyright 2015

WifeCode™ Key #1: “Master the Art Of Communication.”

5colorkeysnumberedWifeFilesConfidential is all about providing a forum through which wives can address many of the common, yet uniquely complex issues that can only be acquired through the process of growing into the role of a wife. Regardless of the many reasons that guide our decision to get married, becoming a wife is a process that requires a significant amount of personal growth and internal sacrifice to develop the character needed to not only sustain the marriage, but also to sustain the commitment made to our spouse.

While the process of growing into a wife might not be exactly the same for every wife, the process itself does not change as we all experience certain aspects of the process at one point or another, regardless of where we are in the various stages of wifely development. With that being said, there are a few fundamental key truths that undergird that process of becoming—key truths that I’ve dubbed “WifeCode™”. This post is dedicated to taking a closer look at the first of key to the WifeCode™, which is to master the art of communication. Why is communication so important, you ask? The answer is simple—it’s because communication is key to EVERYTHING! That answer is especially true if you want to sustain everything that is a happy marriage.

It’s been said that the biggest problem with communication is that we don’t listen with the intent to understand; we listen with the intent to reply. Ladies, if we’re honest with ourselves, we should be able to hold a mirror up to ourselves, acknowledge, admit, and see that there’s some truth to that statement alive within each of us. We should also be able to see how that truth is reflected in the way we communicate with those around us—especially in how we get our point across to others. As stereotypical as it may be, the reality is that women tend to project more emotion when communicating. That emotion, when it reaches a certain point, causes us to stop listening, which is usually the main culprit when the communication process breaks down.

Reaching the point of breakdown in communication is detrimental because this is the point where we become closed to seeing or understanding any point-of-view other than our own. Logic and reason give way to emotion, and we end up yelling and screaming and crying and name-calling and belittling and so-on and so-forth. This is when we lose our power because we get so caught-up in having the last word that we miss the learning opportunities that empower us to resolve conflicts as they arise when we’re engaged in the communication process.

The bottom-line is this: if we are to unlock our authentic power in our marriage, then we need to take a long, hard look at how we communicate with our spouse. Then, and only then, will we be able to own our part of what makes communication a stumbling block in marriage…and in life for that matter. After we do that, we need to do whatever needs to be done to fix it because our marriages depend on us doing so.

The key take-away here is this: if you ALWAYS feel as if your spouse doesn’t understands you…or that your spouse is against you…or that no one—especially your spouse—ever listens to you or knows where you’re coming from…or is always nit-picking, nagging, or getting-on-your-nerves…yada…yada…yada, then you need to look in the mirror and understand that the way you’re communicating with our spouse is serving to either strengthen or strangle our marriage…for better or for worse. This is the reason why communication is so important in relationships—ESPECIALLY in marriage. If you don’t have good communication in your marriage, then your marriage will fail on so many different levels.

That’s why the First Key to the WifeCode™ is Mastering the Art of Communication. I can see the question forming in your mind…and it looks something like…”well how, exactly, do I do that?”  I’m so glad you asked. Keep these three tidbits in mind whenever you think about what communication looks like in your marriage. If implemented correctly, these three strategies can help you to get your needs met whenever you communicate by shifting the focus of the exchange from “you” to “understanding” the purpose for the exchange in the first place. Doing so will help you to keep your emotions in-check, and can help you resolve any conflict that could potentially arise BEFORE things get out-of-hand…

  • Say It Like You Mean It: Oftentimes, we end-up feeling frustrated and defeated in communication because we miss those key opportunities to say “what we mean and mean what we say.” We either don’t want to say something that will hurt our spouse’s feelings or we don’t want to say the wrong thing. So what do we do? We “sugar-coat” what needs to be said so that we can spare our spouse’s feelings because after all, we don’t come across as being the ultimate bitch. Listen, I’m not talking about engaging in any type verbal abuse or anything extreme like that. I’m merely suggesting that you stop tip-toeing around what needs to be said and that you say what you have to say like you mean it with tact, diplomacy, and the utmost respect.
  • Disagree WITHOUT Being Disagreeable: Just because you and your spouse don’t see eye-to-eye when communicating at times does NOT give you the right to lash-out in a passive-aggressive, demeaning, or combative way. Your spouse is not wrong just because he doesn’t agree with you…and vice-versa. You can disagree without adding unnecessary stress to your marriage, which often sneaks in through the unkind words spoken out of anger in the heat-of-the-moment. That’s what we do when we “agree to disagree.” Also, stop being negative because negativity feeds a disagreeable spirit, and that’s just not cute.
  • Express Your Expectations Clearly: Miscommunication happens because we do not clearly state what we expect to happen. Although the world would likely be a much better place if everyone had the magical power of “mindreading,” the reality is that we were not created that way. You cannot expect for everyone to know what you thinking, feeling, believing, intending, etc., etc. Therefore, you cannot get upset when you find yourself in situations or conversations that take a turn for the worse because you “thought” that you were on the same wavelength with your spouse when, in reality, you were not. This will happen whenever you do not clearly express your thoughts, ideas, talking-points, expectations, etc. etc. up-front. Doing so will level the communicative playing field, at minimum.

And that’s it! Stay tuned for the Second Key to the WifeCode™, which will focus on the importance of reconnecting with your inner helpmeet and reintroducing her to your husband. Trust me, he’ll love you even more for doing so! In the meantime, keep the conversation going. Please comment below.

Copyright 2015

“WifeCode™: Five Keys Every Wife Can Use To Unlock Her Power In Her Marriage”

5colorkeysnumberedWant A Stronger Marriage? Do you want to be a better, stronger, more powerful wife? Then you need to know the WifeCode™!

Learn the “Five Keys” that EVERY wife can use to unlock her authentic power in her marriage. WifeCode™ will provide key insight into the five areas of wifely development where wives tend to stumble and sometimes fall under the immense pressure of trying to be everything to everyone EXCEPT to the one that matters the most—her spouse!

WifeCode™ contains too much information to release all at once, so one key will be released each day over the next five days to provide time for reflection before moving onto the next. Are you ready??? Subscribe today to receive each key directly in your inbox as soon as it’s released!

The First Key to the WifeCode™ is “Mastering The Art Of Communication—Always Listen Twice As Much As You Speak.”  Can’t wait to share the first key with you!

“Reclaim Your Husband’s Attention, Reclaim Your Power in Your Marriage”

wandering eye 2Okay…here’s the scenario that necessitated a post on the subject of “reclaiming your husband’s attention” as a means for a wife to reclaim her power in her marriage. I recently received an e-mail through the “Advice Files” page on the WifeFilesConfidential website from a wife who expressed her concern about her husband’s “wandering eye,” in addition to asking how she should go about letting her husband know how his actions make her feel when she catches him eyeballing other women.

Although her concerns are specific to her marriage, the question that she raised with respect to how she should handle the situation speaks to the fact that her problem with her husband exists on a much larger scale and impacts lots of couples at some point in their respective relationships.  I’ve copied the text of her e-mail below for your reference, as well as to help establish the framework for my reply:

“Dear WifeFilesConfidential: I found your blog through Twitter and decided to check it out. I was happy to see that I could send an email to get some advice because over the past few months I’ve been experiencing a problem in my marriage that I don’t feel comfortable talking about with my friends because I think they will not understand how I feel. I have been married to my husband for just over seven years, and I love my husband very much. I’m happy in my marriage, and I believe that my husband is happy too. At least until a few months ago I started to wonder because I started catching my husband checking out other women when we’re out together to the point of flirting. My husband is a friendly guy so I didn’t think too much of it at first but now it is just painfully obvious that my husband’s attention is being divided because he is checking out other women all the time. He says I have nothing to worry about when I ask him about it. I don’t know what to do or how I should address this with him. Am I being paranoid? Any advice you can give me I will really appreciate. I just need some advice on what I should do. I don’t want to end up losing my husband. Signed, A Powerless Wife”

Perhaps the one thing that struck me the most about this e-mail is the way that the writer signed off as “A Powerless Wife.” As wives, there are many different emotions that any one of us could feel at any given time in our marriages, depending on the circumstances present in our lives; however, powerless is an emotion that we should never feel. We should never surrender our power as a wife for any reason, as that’s the most valuable thing we bring to the authenticity of our marriages.

The writer’s “power” in this situation is inherent in the fact that her husband knows EXACTLY what that power is, the EXACT value of that power, and the EXACT worth of that power in relation to his bottom-line. That “power” drove his decision to marry her—he had enough sense to know that she added something to his life that he could not find in any other woman that crossed his path until he met her, so there you have it.

That’s the key to reclaiming that power in marriage—to get back to doing the basic things that shored-up the foundation on which your relationship was built. Simply put, you have to get back to doing the things that got him to commit himself to you in such a way that he vowed to make you the priority in his life. Maybe you wore a certain perfume…or massaged his shoulders after a long shift at work…or prepared his favorite meal for dinner every Tuesday night…whatever those things were, you should get back to doing them.

To answer the question of whether she’s being paranoid…I think not.  She should ALWAYS trust her intuition in everything, but should not be solely persuaded by it. I also say she should “QUIT COMPARING HERSELF TO OTHER WOMEN!” She should stop worrying about if she measures up to any other woman in her husband’s eyes. The truth of the matter is that men will marry the baddest, finest women in his eyes. If she IS that woman, which it seems that she is because he married her, all she has to do is continue to be THAT woman who caught his eye, and stay true to who she is because that’s what set her apart from the pack in the first place.

To answer the question of how she should approach the feelings with her husband, I say that she should be honest with herself about why she feels the way she does so that she can have honest and transparent conversation with her husband about her feelings. This level of self-examination and introspection can make us feel extremely vulnerable because of our fear of having our feelings dismissed and/or rejected, but this level of vulnerability and transparency is necessary to repair the trust that a situation like this can damage in a marriage. Some couples can successfully address this topic, grow from what they’ve learned from each other, and move on to the next phase of their happily-ever-after, while other couples aren’t so lucky. It is my sincere hope that this writer can reclaim her power in this situation so that she can move forward.

Copyright 2015

“Don’t Divorce Our Friendship Just Because You Said ‘I Do!’”

Tbreakup friendshiphere comes a time in every girl’s life when she begins to understand the complex dynamics of socialization with respect to where she fits into the social hierarchy. We typically come to this realization early on in life; somewhere around the time when we enter grade school.

This realization often becomes more pronounced as we grow and continue to navigate the formidable years of life, during which various aspects of popular culture, coupled with our life experiences, begin to shape, mold, and influence our perceptions, our perspectives, and ultimately our identity.

As life marches forward and we grow into adulthood, we continue to develop and establish friendships, associations, and bonds with those with whom we share similar interests and experiences. If we’ve successfully grown through each of the stages of human growth and development up to the point of adulthood, it’s likely that we made a few BFFs along the way—not to be confused with an “associate” or a “Friend” in general. Now BFFs aren’t your typical run-of-the-mill friends—a BFF, by virtue of what the acronym means, signifies that your friendship is on an entirely different level than that of an “associate” or of a regular, typical “friend.”

This level of friendship is usually one that is deeply-rooted in a history that you share with that person. You know each other’s deepest secrets. You’ve told this person things that you wouldn’t dare tell anyone else. You know that your BFF would never betray your confidence and vice-versa. You’re always there for each other, no matter what. You’ve borrowed each other’s’ clothes. You’ve laughed together. You’ve cried together. You share everything. You were inseparable—or so she thought…until your Prince Charming came along and swept you off your feet.

Then, he proposed to you. Now, you’re spending more and more time with him as you prepare to become his wife, and she’s left standing on the outside looking in while she starts to feel less like your best friend and more like a the wobbly third-wheel that’s about to fall off of the trike. You know in your heart-of-hearts that it was never your intention to make your BFF feel disenfranchised from your life as you make the transition to this new life stage in your growth and development.

After all, you two are best friends…sisters-from-another-mister-if-you-will, and nothing has ever come between you two up until this point in your friendship. So why is your BFF starting to trip now? Shouldn’t she be happy for you? The easy answer to this question is yes, but if you’re not careful with how you handle this transition in your life, you could end up unintentionally alienating those who you love the most simply because they cannot see where they fit into your new life because your priorities have shifted in such a dramatic way.

So, how do you prioritize maintaining your friendship when you get married? The answer, as simple as it sounds, can be very hard to do IF you don’t take the time to nurture the friendship during your transition to marriage. The key to maintaining your friendships after you get married is simply to find the balance between your role as a friend and your role as a wife. You also have to clearly distinguish those two roles and prioritize accordingly. Your ability to successfully find and maintain that balance will be directly related to how effective your communication skills are.

In other words, the key is to be able to maintain consistent communication with your BFF, with your spouse, and with yourself about what you’re thinking, what you need, and what you’re feeling so that you can feel secure in the fact that all of your relationships are growing, maturing, at the same rate as you are to support you as you transition to the latter phases of your growth and development. Be careful not to let your friendships fall to the wayside after you get married. It’s crucially important to your survival as a wife to be able to maintain your sense of identity and interests because, after all, your uniqueness is what attracted your spouse’s attention in the first place!

Copyright 2015

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