Unmet Expectations

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Different, unknown, and met expectations can be a huge source of tension and strife within a relationship. They are a symptom of poor communication. Unmet expectations are something we ALWAYS hear about when it comes to problems within a relationship.
Here's a few examples: how much time each partner spends at work versus quality time as a couple or with the family. Who's going to cook and what they're going to cook. Responsibilities when it comes to children. Sex: how often and how adventurous. Who's getting up in the middle of the night with the newborn? Things around the house like cleaning up after yourself, sharing household chores, etc.
We often have different expectations from each other because we grew up differently. We end up having different priorities than the other people because we're just DIFFERENT PEOPLE. And that's okay! But how can we communicate our expectations and then also meet the expectations of our partner?
In this episode we talk about important things to remember when communicating your expectations. First of all, do they even know? Take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself how can YOU help the situation instead of shifting it completely to the other person? We want to encourage you to meet your partner in the middle and come to a compromise. We should WANT to meet our partner's expectations. Serving them and loving them is a blessing to them and to ourselves. And it's only going to strengthen our marriages. Being able to communicate your needs and also being able to hear your partner's needs can put you on a successful path to a strong and healthy marriage!
Check out What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul David Tripp. AND be sure to download our "Tell Them How You Really Feel" PDF for your next date night. This will be a great way to open the lines of communication and get on the same page when it comes to loving each other better. You can download the PDF by visiting our website.

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