How To Be A Better Wife

How To Be A Better Wife: 11 Tips To Think About

How to be a Better Wife

How To Be A Good Wife

Let’s talk all about how to be a better wife.

Does this thought have you scratching your head? These ideas are here to help.

Let me start this off by saying I know it takes two to make a marriage work. Team sports for the win!

But don’t spend too much time analyzing if you should try to make a change until your husband changes x, y, and z. Don’t do something based on what your partner is or isn’t doing.

Look inside yourself. Think about how to be a better wife today!

How to be a good wife!

An all-around better person.

This is not a competition to see who is doing more work and who is doing it better.

Making a change is for yourself just as much as for your spouse.

I included my husband in on this one. I have really been loving hearing his take on things.

Yes, it can be hard at times. He may have used the word trapped in a conversation. But there’s no doubt in my mind that those hard conversations lead to better things.

Dare I use the word breakthrough?

Now, this may surprise you. But I am no marriage counselor. Although, some days I feel like one.

But I am passionate about thriving in my marriage. To say I do a little research is an understatement.

Just like there is no one size fits all with parenting. The same is true for marriage.

These are things I make it a priority to work on. I am constantly evaluating myself and my relationship with my hubby. Doing a little check-in you could say.

You know when the check engine light comes on in your car.

Well, picture a light like that for your marriage. Keep things running smoothly with these tried and true tips.

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Here Are 11 Tips on How to Be A Better Wife and Improve Your Marriage

1) Give Him Some Space

OK, so I might be the woman waiting at the top of the stairs like an eager dog when my hubby gets home from work. And I am armed with at least 3 things to tell him about my day.

And I follow him around to whatever room he goes in. Oops. Now, I obviously don’t do this to annoy him. I am not purposely invading his personal space every second.

I am just legitimately happy to see him. And the fact that he isn’t running into my arms has been known to hurt my feelings.

Even though we all know everyone is different. It can be a challenge to truly accept and understand this. And then adjust accordingly.

I am OK with him invading my personal space most of the time but that’s not how he works. And that’s fine.

There are worse things than him wanting some space. Even though sometimes my heart feels a little broken.

I am working on TRYING to see things from his side and not take everything so personally.

2) Know His Love Language

This one is a game-changer. For you and your spouse.

Knowing a love language can help you better understand the different ways people give and receive love.

If you have no idea what this is then you are in for a treat. This book is so helpful! SERIOUSLY THE BEST! I actually crack this book open about every 6 months just for a little refresh. 

I can think of a few (OK a lot) of times I wish I would have had this handy marriage tool. But luckily I do now.

Does this mean we live in marital bliss?


Does this mean I understand him a little more?

Also sometimes.

But I assure you this book helped us understand each other more. 

3) Compliment More

Do you give compliments regularly? I am not talking about gushing over your spouse. I’m talking about the little things.

These little things can take a backseat in a marriage. Life is going on and we forget to just stop and say something nice. Isn’t that crazy. We forget to say nice things.

I try very hard to make sure I am dishing out compliments daily.

Compliments give me a little pep in my step. I am pretty sure it does the same for my husband. And all the other men out there.

One last thing. Don’t do it just to get something in return. That sort of defeats the purpose.

I know I have been guilty of this. Staring him down so hard and most of the time he is looking at me with no idea why my eyes are bulging out of my head. 

This is a reminder to all of us that a compliment is 100% for and about the other person. 

4) Criticize Less

I am a pro at giving my two cents. Who isn’t?

I’m like a cat ready to pounce.

But sometimes a person does not want advice or your take on things. They just want to be heard. Really listened to.

I am working on knowing when my take on things is not needed. Man, this is a hard one. Especially when I feel like I have the answer or I know a better way. My mouth and my brain start having an inner argument.

My mouth has been known to win but what can I say. I’m a work in progress.

And ladies, sometimes we really do know best. Am I right?

5) Point Out Something Good Every Day

Some days this will be easy peasy. Other days, it may take some deep thinking to come up with something.

But I still try. It doesn’t have to be anything huge. I have found that it really is the little things that matter. These are the things that fall through the cracks.

This also involves being thankful. I find myself going through the motions and not stopping to really be grateful.

Showing appreciation for the things my husband does. Even when all I want to do is call him out for x, y, and z.

My husband is the best daddy to our little girl. So, even on the rough days, there is always that little nugget of good.

Even when it feels challenging, find and acknowledge the good in your spouse. 

6) Focus On The Positive

He does not need to hear about every little annoyance that occurred in my day. Becoming a negative Nancy is a slippery slope.

We all have crap days. And we want to vent to someone. That’s fine and dandy. But my venting was the kind that never stopped. It just went on and on.

It is so easy for that to happen. You start by saying one thing and your level of annoyance keeps rising and you are mad all over again. I don’t want something to have that much control over me.

Focus on the positive in yourself, the positive you see in others, and the positive things in your life.

how to be a better wife

7) Asking What He Wants/Needs

My husband works a lot. I know I am not alone in this. So, when he is off I tend to make the plans for the day. Without even talking with him. I just tell him what we are doing that day.

This is another one of those things I obviously am not doing maliciously. But maybe he is not on board with having his entire day off controlled.

Maybe he is feeling really tired or really drained. Maybe he is mentally exhausted and needs some alone time.

I don’t know if I don’t ask. I could wait for him to tell me eventually. But at that point, he has been holding things in and we all know how that usually turns out.

We all know the hard part about change. The only person we can change is ourselves. I know, bummer. Some days, I really wish I could change my husband.

But something amazing happens when you work on yourself. It won’t happen overnight but it is pretty safe to say you will see a change in your spouse.

Fingers crossed, ladies!

8) Give Him Guy Time

Girl talk makes me feel alive. Seriously. It makes me feel rejuvenated.

So, maybe it does the same for him? Guy talk doesn’t roll off the tongue as nicely but it is still important. 

This one is hard for me. In my mind, his wanting to spend time with his friends is him not wanting to spend time with me. But it doesn’t work like that. Some days I want iced coffee and some days hot coffee is my best friend.

It is not always about choosing one thing over another.

I am a black and white person. The struggle is real, friends!

A bonus to this is him having some guy time is also a perfect opportunity to focus on some self-care!

I actually planned and started this blog while he was playing video games with his friends!

9) Go Out of Your Comfort Zone

I need to make an effort to do things that are not my exact cup of tea.

Like when it is his turn to pick the movie for date night. I feel like there is no way I will like his pick and then end up loving it.

I am not the most adventurous person around. And I’m fine with the way I am. But part of being in a relationship is doing things for the other person. Even when you don’t feel like it.

10) Speak Up

Ever hold something in for so long that you word barfed all over your husband.

And maybe, in the beginning, it wasn’t a huge thing. But it grew and grew like a weed. Now, it feels like there is a dang 20 foot oak inside you waiting to burst out.

Communication is crucial. (Don’t miss these communication tips that are vital for your relationship)

The biggest mistake I used to make was saying those certain two words. I’m fine.

Those words mean anything but that. I would say them and then hold things in and expect him to read my mind. I thought I was making it obvious I was not fine but apparently, he just thought it was my time of the month or something.

The takeaway from this?

Talk it out. Always!

how to be a better wife

11) Watch Your Words

Does this sound familiar? You ALWAYS do x, y, and z. You NEVER do this or that.

These words were my best friends. When you are mad about something, it can feel like things are always or never a certain way. Especially when this thing has happened before.

The best thing I can do when my blood is boiling is to take a minute. Hit the pause button.

If a screaming match starts, neither one of you is really listening. You are just thinking of what you are going to say next. Your next insult is on deck.

And this does absolutely nothing positive for your relationship. 

Marriage is not a one-person job.

But sometimes it can feel like you are alone. The truth is marriage will be hard. I stray away from using the word easy at all when it comes to relationships.

There are different seasons. Sometimes a hard season will creep up on you. Like snow in April. Rare in my parts but it has happened. It actually just happened the other day.

Now, I still get mad. I still say things I don’t mean and exaggerate situations. So does he. So does everyone. But I try to speak in a way that helps move a conversation forward. Not a way that is just full of back and forth chatter that helps nothing.

There are two people in your marriage. Do your part. Even when it is exhausting and you rather do anything but.

Check out Marriage Fitness with Mort Fertel for a deeper look at ways to help your marriage!

Got any tips on how to be a better wife? I would love to hear them!

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16 responses to “How To Be A Better Wife”

  1. Blair Avatar

    Some of these points I’ve heard before. Some of these points I needed to hear again… I’m definitely still working on giving him space when he gets home! Over a year into marriage and we’re learning how to love eachother better! Thank you for sharing this wise advice.

  2. Melanie Avatar

    OMG!!!! Thank you so much for posting this article!!! You read my mind! I am a newly wed and have been feeling neglected lately…your article made me realize that I need to take a step back, relax, chillax and do some self -reflecting.

  3. Stephanie Waldrop Avatar
    Stephanie Waldrop

    Thank you for this post! I struggle with making my husband my first priority sometimes and also having his back regardless if he’s right or wrong, your 11 tips are great and it is my goal to make them a huge part of my routine to be a better wife.

  4. Rozanne Avatar

    THANK YOU🤗😢💓

    This gives new perspective
    Sooooo good.

  5. Selenia Avatar

    Thank you for this post! Lately, I’ve been struggling to show him that my stress isn’t related to him at all, even if it seems like it. I’m currently teaching virtually, and am in my last semester of grad school, and my stress level has never been higher. I walk around being grumpy at everyone, including him. Last night, I found him recreating my desk area. He was painting it my favorite color and making it so that it was easier for me to work. I didn’t ask him to do this. And I felt really bad for having been so grumpy lately!

  6. Cinnamon Avatar

    I have never posted before but I wanted to say that I love your honesty. Ty

  7. Meira Avatar

    Thank you for your advice it was def helpful !

    1. Chelsey Avatar

      So glad to hear that! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Alicia | Live Joyfully Inspired Avatar


    This is an insightful post coming from someone who’s been there. Being a better wife takes practice. I have to say that for my husband and I, communication was the one thing that we really had to work on.
    In fact, I did a post regarding the 5 C’s Of Marriage and communication is definitely on the list.
    It’s so encouraging to know someone else has been there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

    1. Chelsey Avatar

      Communication is a huge one in my relationship too! So glad someone was able to relate to this. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  9. Dominique Lee Avatar
    Dominique Lee

    Always assume the best. 9 times out of 10 I don’t know why or what motivated my husband to do or say the thing he did. When I assume the best instead of jumping to the worst possible conclusion, it helps me to keep a positive perspective. It prevents me from taking something personally and getting my feelings hurt, when that was never his intention. So give it a try and always assume the best of your husband.

    1. Chelsey Avatar

      I love that! I definitely know how to jump straight to the worst case scenario more often than not. And I am trying to get better at not taking every little thing so personally. Thanks so much for the idea. I will for sure give it a try!

  10. LYn Avatar

    Loved this post! Our minister told us when we got married to always remember your spouse is a gift from God. This advice really helps when differences come up.

    1. Chelsey Avatar

      So glad you liked it!! And that is such great advice!

  11. Desiree Avatar

    Thank you for writing this.ibam going into my second marriage and it gives me a fresh perspective on things I did the first time around that I want to be mindful of this time.

    1. Chelsey Avatar

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it! A fresh perspective on things really can make all the difference.

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