In order for a marriage to flourish both husband and wife need to leave their parents and start a new home together. From that moment, both of them have become one. That doesn’t mean they don’t love and care about their parents. It simply means that the top priority has now changed from parents to spouse.
- It shows honour and respect for your spouse: When your husband or wife knows he or she comes before your parents, it creates a deeper marital bond. If a wife continually runs to her parents for counsel instead of first talking with her husband, it can create a feeling of distrust. The same with a husband. When you talk together as a couple about your problems and seek answers in a united way, it strengthens your marriage
- It creates a stronger intimacy: When your husband or wife knows he or she is the number 1 in your life, there would no be doubt in whatever way and both the hearts and minds will be open. It will automatically create a stronger bond because you know your partner got your back.
- It simply means there is a solid foundation: When you put your spouse first, you are bound to have a strong relationship as opposed to when others come first. Putting others ahead of a spouse would make your spouse feel useless and insecure which is bound to create more problems for the relationship. When you put your spouse first, your family and your spouse will recognise how important your relationship is to you.
In as much as you and your spouse try to build a solid foundation by making each other no 1 priority, note that you should not neglect your parents and show them love and support in whatever they may need. And if there is a major development they need to know, you should both be free to tell them.
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