Toddler’s Guide to a Happy Marriage

imagesWe couldn’t resist reprinting these simple rules by Alisa Bowman at Babble.com. So true.

When my son was a toddler, I learned so much about happy relationships. It seemed most of the advice I offered could be applied to my relationship with my husband. Think about it:

Use gentle hands please. Hands are for hugging.

If you want someone to leave you alone, say “No thank you.”

Use your listening ears.

Talk in your indoor voice.

Use your words.

I don’t know about you, but if I followed just those five rules every day, I don’t think my husband and I would ever fight. And if I treated my husband like my then-toddler used to treat me — running to greet him with a huge hug, kissing good-bye, saying “I love you” at every turn — we’d have an extraordinary relationship. It got me thinking. Toddlers know a lot about love. They have a lot to teach us, don’t they?

The Mamas have a few additions …

Pick up your toys.

Be kind.

Say what you need.

Hold my hand so you don’t get lost.

What would you add?

 

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Rachel Zahn, MD is a pediatrician turned health writer who had three kids during medical school and pediatric training—crazy, huh?


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