9 Ways To Be A Better Partner

9 Ways To Be A Better Partner

Because we all could use a reminder every now and then.
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Between work, school, and all of our other responsibilities, we sometimes get lost in a downward spiral of "me, me, me". We start to let our relationships with our support systems, especially our significant others, fall to the wayside.

But when it comes to relationships, you get out what you put in. Keeping a healthy relationship is hard work, but we do it because it is so, so worth it in the end to know you have someone that will always be there for you when you need them.

If you feel like you've gotten off track with your relationships, this article will give you some good suggestions and reminders on how to be a better partner to your favorite person. (But also remember that this is a two-way street, so if you aren't getting anything back for your efforts, it may be time for a chat.)

1. Listen.

We all are guilty of falling into the "it's all about me" trap from time to time. The next time you talk to your SO, take a minute to really listen to what they have to say. You might be surprised to find out they had something happen today, and they need your support. Maybe they had a great day and are simply excited to share it with you. Either way, really listening and engaging in conversation with your partner shows you truly care about what they're going through and you're there for them if they need you, which will only make your bond stronger.

2. Get excited!

Your life partner just got promoted! They're absolutely ecstatic, and they can't wait to tell you about it as soon as they get home. Image how they must feel when you give them a half-hearted, "That's great, babe" as you continue doing whatever you were doing before they got home. This is your partner, your best friend, your person... Support them!

Give them your undivided attention, and get excited with them. You'll be amazed how your relationship improves when you start gassing each other up and sharing in your accomplishments. Whether it's just an excited exclamation, a kiss, or a full-on celebration with a special dinner, show your love that you care about their achievements, big or small.

3. Do things they enjoy, even if you it isn't your favorite thing to do.

This is one of the give-and-take parts of a relationship. He likes baseball, so you go to his favorite team's game even though you think it will be extremely boring. Instead of moping because you don't want to be there, focus on the fact that your boo wanted to share something he loves with you! Enjoy the time spent with them, because every moment you get together is a precious opportunity to make wonderful memories (even if it's something neither of you would rather be doing, like trying to get your car out of two feet of mud, on New Year's Eve, in the middle of nowhere, with no cell service).

4. Give them compliments!

Even when the puppy love is gone, tell them how good their booty looks in those jeans! Don't keep those things to yourself and assume that they already know it. Even if they do, it's incredibly nice to hear it, especially coming from the person you love most. (A timid text isn't enough all the time, tell them how awesome they are face to face! It will mean so much more.)

5. Check in every once in a while.

No, I don't mean a, "Hey, what's up?" This is a, "Are you happy with life right now? Is there anything you need? Is there anything I can do?" situation. These words coming from someone you care about so deeply mean a lot more than you might think, and are really just another way of saying, "I love you" in my book.

6. Ask them how their day was.

How long does it really take to check in on someone's day? Even if they did absolutely nothing, it's nice to have someone genuinely care about how your day went and what you did.

7. A good morning text goes a long way.

Telling your SO "Good Morning" is the easiest way to start their day of right. It lets them know you're thinking about them when you're away and is sure to make them adorably and sleepily smile if you're together. What could be better than that?

8. Tell them to text you when they make it to their destination.

This is another instance of saying "I love you" in a different way. If you're in a relationship, you obviously care about the other person's well-being, so let them know it! You both probably worry when the other person is driving or traveling somewhere, and a text saying you arrived safely could mean the difference between a relaxing evening for both of you or a very stressful one. (Make sure you hold yourself to this one, too!)

9. Always, ALWAYS, tell them you love them.

We only have a limited number of days on this planet, and we never know when they last time we may see our partner is. You've said it a hundred times, and you should say it a hundred more. Even after the worst fight of your relationship, if you love them, tell them.

Whether you're in a long-term relationship or a brand new one, try some of these suggestions out and see how quickly things start to change. Not only will it bring you closer together, it will also make your daily lives much more positive and enjoyable. Cherish every moment you have with your person, because we'll never know how many more moments we'll have.




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10 Things My Significant Other MUST Do In Order To Earn The Privilege Of Meeting My Mom

I say "Hakuna Matata" on the daily, but you really need to say it when you prepare to meet my mom.

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Besides getting married, meeting the parents can be the most stressful time in any relationship. Your boyfriend could be freaking out because he doesn't want to sound like a loon in front of your dad or your mom may be chopping the vegetables a little too loudly making your girlfriend seem uncomfortable in the presence of a knife. Stressing for days (maybe even weeks) up until the day arrives is apart of being in love because you want your parents to love your significant other just as much as you do and when the dinner is finally over, you can breathe again. My family is a little different and my boyfriend has to do these things to be able to meet my mom and my brother (may as well add my cousins into the mix, too because they're my older siblings).

1. Pass the "Best Friends Test"

I have 6 best friends and each one of them has a unique personality. There's the momma friend, the crazy friend, the questionable friend, the laid back friend, the turnt friend, and the friend who just wants me to be happy. If they don't like you, I'll talk to them to figure out why they don't like you. Either way, if you hurt me, they'll hurt you.

2. Prove that stability is your main priority five years from now, even if I'm not in your plan

Things happen and we can't predict everything. We can be together now, break up in a year, and then get back together. It's part of being a teenager/young adult. We deal with a lot, I mean, we're in college, but the older we get, the more stressful life gets, so I want you to show me that you can handle whatever stresses come your way. I want you to be stable on your own before adding a girlfriend into the mix.

3. Deal with my "Hunger Fits"

Let's face it, I can be a brat, but I'm only a brat on three occasions.

1. I'm sleepy.

2. You didn't let me get my way.

3. I'm hungry.

If you eat without me or go get food without me, I might cry and pout like a two-year-old, so you have to be able to handle it. Pro-tip, have snacks with you whenever we go somewhere.

4. Be okay with getting roasted

My cousins are the funniest people you'll ever meet, but they aren't afraid to talk about you while you sit in front of them, so I need to know that you're okay with being roasted. They're not doing it to be mean (trust me, they aren't), but they're doing it because they're my family and they care about me as if I were their little sister.

5. Be able to hold an intelligent conversation for more than 5 minutes

Good conversation is an essential part of a relationship and I love talking about things that are happening in the world today and because my mom is super knowledgeable on a lot of things, you have to be able to talk for more than 5 minutes about something that's engaging.

6. Remain calm in the face of a difficult conversation

I know when it came to certain topics, I used to go off like a volcano, but I've had to grow out of exploding on people just because they don't agree with me. It takes months, maybe even years to master that type of patience and self-restraint, but I grew up fast, so I needed to learn in less than a year how to hold my tongue. I need to know that if you and I (or someone in my family) were to be in a serious conversation, you'd remain calm. I won't blow up on you, so please don't blow up on me (or my family) because then it might not end so well.

7. State your opinion, no matter how mad I might get

Following up with number six, this is a must! I'm a writer, so I deal with a lot of written opinions on the daily. I'm also involved in a lot of organizations where open dialogue is encouraged, so I deal with a lot of verbal opinions, too. People are going to say what they want to say no matter what and I want you to be able to tell me what's on your mind no matter how severe it may be. I'm here for you and I want you to know that you can trust me with your opinions. I might not agree with them, but I can deal with them.

8. Be able to sit and talk about sports and video games with my brother

You'll for sure meet my older brother before you meet my mom only because he acts just like my late grandfather; calm and laid back. He goes with the flow and doesn't get upset unless I get upset, so you don't have to worry about the big bad overprotective brother (but he is very big and very overprotective). He'd much rather sit and talk about "fork-knife" or a basketball game than grill you. It's just how he is. Also, don't be offended if he engages in conversation with you for like ten minutes before he loses interest in talking to you and goes back to playing his game.

9. Be okay and open to the possibility of a long distance relationship

I don't plan on staying down South for long. I actually won't stay here after I graduate from college. Long distance relationships don't work for 40% of all couples, but I want us to not be a statistic. I believe that we could make it, so I would need to know that you'd be okay with me being a thousand miles away; and of course, if you were halfway across the country, I would learn to be okay with it, too.

10. Love your family as much as you love me

Family is a big deal for me. It's always been me, my older brother, and my mom. You may come from a household where it's you and both of your parents, you and one parent, or you, your parent(s), and your siblings. I love my mom and brother with all of my heart and would drop anything (and I have dropped things) to be with them. I want to see that you love your family with the same amount of love that you give me. A man who loves the family he is born into will love the family he marries into.

My family's triangle has never been broken before, so this is new territory for all of us. Don't feel like an outsider, though! These may seem extensive and extra, but it's the things that matter to me. Aside from the apparent trustworthiness, loyalty, wanting three pets, having a sense of humor, and education that I look for in a guy, you have to do these ten things to meet my mom.

If you pass all of these, then you get to meet her. Don't stress about it though because if she doesn't like you at the first meeting, she'll come around by the next because she loves me and she'll see that I love you.

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To The Parents Who Raised The Man Of My Dreams, It Paid Off

You did a phenomenal job.

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As a parent, you always wonder if you're doing it right. Parenting doesn't come with instructions. You're not told how to punish your children in every situation or what to do whenever they accomplish something. You're not completely prepared for it. However, for someone without instructions, you did a phenomenal job.

You raised the man of my dreams.

I've dated throughout my teens and every guy seemed to be the same, but with your son everything was different. Your son is everything I've ever wanted. He is perfect. He is such a gentleman. I want you to know everything you taught him like holding the door and paying for dates, it worked.

I want you to know he doesn't show anger towards me. I'm sure I aggravate him and make him angry, but I want you to know I'll never know when I've done so because he doesn't show it. He gets mad with football games and after he gets done yelling, he apologizes.

He makes me feel beautiful. He has seen me at my absolute worse. He has seen me right when I wake up in the morning with no makeup and my hair is a mess and he tells me I'm beautiful. Whenever so get dressed up, he notices. He makes sure to let me know I look beautiful. He pays attention to detail like that my hair is curled or I have a new nose ring in and he adds them in with the compliments.

He is always supportive. Whenever I started back to school, he was so proud of me. When I started writing for The Odyssey, he shared my articles. He will tell me how proud he is of me. When I make good grades on assignments, he tells me good job.

He is so loving. He comforts me whenever I'm sick. When I had the stomach bug, he got my medicine, trashcans, and played with my hair to comfort me. He brushes and straightens my hair for me whenever I don't feel like it because he wants it to look good.

Thanks to you I have found someone who treats me wonderful. If it wasn't for you, he wouldn't know how to treat a lady. It is because of you that he turned out to be nice and respectful man he is today. I want you to know you did an amazing job raising him. He's everything I've ever wanted. Thank you for raising him to be such a gentleman. Thank you for raising him to be everything I've ever dreamed of.

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