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Relationship Advice: The Respect Factor

September 9, 2009
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This post about respect and relationships is brought to you by guest blogger Justin Germino.

respect-cookiesWhen engaged in a long standing relationship one common occurrence is that you become so used to being around your partner that you forget to impress or display respect as you would have when just getting to know someone. This can be as simple as holding the door for someone, offering to help with dinner or a household chore or as complicated as being more careful with what words are spoken in heated arguments in a discussion or fight.

First and foremost you have to remember to treat and respect your partner or loved one as you would like to be respected yourself. If you and your partner do get into a spat about some mundane topic before you launch into a tirade, take five seconds to think “Is what I am about to say respectful?“.

Relationship respect comes in many forms, like when fixing yourself a snack or a drink always asking your partner if they want something, instead of returning to the couch with a plate of cookies in one hand and a glass of milk in the other having not even offered to get your partner a treat.

Respect also is in attitude and showing time and attention to your partner, if you are too heavily into playing golf or playing video games, so much so that you aren’t taking a fair portion of your time and spending it doing something your partner enjoys, then you are not respecting them either.

Communication is the key component here to help get the message across. If you yourself aren’t showing as much respect as you would like, you need to find a delicate and tactful way of approaching it with your partner and discussing it together. Remember and remind each other of the things you used to do for each other, and make a small list of things you can both actively do to help show more respect for one another.

Always remember that if you aren’t thinking about your relationship and how you can improve it, it may mean you have already become complacent in it. Relationships are like anything else, they require work, maintenance and if you don’t keep up on these, it will cost you later on.

If you enjoyed this article and are looking for other Romantic Ideas, then check out my section for other men out there on how to show your women that you truly love them.

-Justin Germino (Married Father of two children)

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2 Responses to Relationship Advice: The Respect Factor

  1. Chelle on September 9, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for the great post Justin – I think a lot of times we forget about the very basic principles in our relationships, and the reminder to be more respectful to one another is a good one!

  2. Damien Riley on September 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Relationship respect … let that sink in a minute. We ALL need that. I know there is always that nagging question in my head: “Why the he** should I respect her? She hurt my feelings…” I think the true test in a love relationship is to guide by example and them trust the other to “get it.” Be the first one to show respect and watch how they follow. How long should you lead by example to see results? Well, now we’re getting into a theological discussion. In my opinion? As long as it takes. HOPEfully you chose someone like I did where that isn’t ever very long.



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