I don’t think I ever went to my parents for relationship advice.
Okay, that’s a lie.
I remember asking them how to break up with someone once.
I would usually tell my mom when I liked someone but it was still hard for me.
I know I know..
Hard to imagine that my parents also dated growing up.
That they too had failed relationships that they learned from.
And a marriage that’s going to celebrate 30 years this month.
When asking for any advice to be answered on my blog this question came up.
Very broad but I was excited about the idea of it.
I have been in some failed relationships, and a very successful one for five and a half years now.
But I wasn’t fully convinced that I could give the best relationship advice.
I mean I can.
And I will.
But I know two people who could also give some pretty good relationship advice.
My parents were lucky.
They knew pretty soon into their relationship that they wanted to get married.
They were only 20 and 21 when they said “I do.”
And they’re still going strong 30 years later.
Are relationships easy?
But my parents have shown me time and time again what love and a good family can look like and do for you.
I decided to ask them to come up with some relationship advice for my blog.
I thought it would be fun to get advice from a couple I admire.
So if you dread the idea of asking your parents for relationship advice, or want some words of wisdom from me and my awesome parents, keep reading.
Advice from my dad.
Marry your best friend.
Say “I love you as much as you can, every day.”
Laugh and have fun together.
Compliment each other as much as you can.
Look forward and be excited to see your partner.
Laugh and cry together.
Advice from my mom.
Always say I love you when you leave for work, during the day, after work, and especially before bed.
Even if you don’t agree on something, always tell your partner you love them anyways.
Work as a team, especially with kids.
Advice from me.
Laugh as much as you can with each other.
Be with someone you can’t imagine life without.
Never change who you are.
Love will come when you stop looking for it.
Make time for each other.
Say I love you before bed.
I’m going to end this with my favorite piece of advice from my mom.
It was from one of my first blog posts.
I was mad at the world after I got dumped by my college boyfriend.
I was so concerned with what could happen next.
With who would love me or if I would even find love.
My mom said to me, “Before you can love someone else, you have to love yourself.”
And to this day it’s my favorite piece of advice.
The second you stop looking for love and spend time learning to love yourself.
It will come.