One of the most common questions I get is, “how do I get my husband to spend time with me?” We feel so lonely in our marriages, as if we’re living parallel lives.

Often when things go wrong in a marriage we start looking at the “big” things–we can’t communicate; we share different values; our sex life is lousy. And yet, I think, in general, the first thing to go in a marriage is the friendship.

The root of most marriage problems is that we stop being friends.

And when that goes, everything else follows.

Yesterday, in my post about being stuck in a loveless marriage, I talked about the concept of a “Love Bank”: think of your relationship as a bank account. Whenever you want to talk about an issue, or discuss a problem, you’re making a “withdrawal”, because that takes a toll on a marriage (even if, in the end, it’s a good thing to do). There are unhealthy ways of making withdrawals, too–being selfish, sniping at someone, picking a fight, etc. But all of us, even if we’re angels, will have to make withdrawals at some point.

My Husband Never Wants to Spend Time with Me: Thoughts on how to build your friendshipThe thing about the Marriage Love Bank is that it really can’t go into a negative balance.

You have no overdraft protection on it. So if you’re going to make a withdrawal, there has to be a balance there.

But life, in general, draws the balance down. Just living together provides some stress, and your balance will start to diminish unless it is built up. And the best way to build it up is to laugh together. Spend time together. Feel like friends, because then you’re on the same team!

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Do you have a hard time asking for what you want?

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If your marriage is in a communication rut, it’s time for some change.

That’s why I often tell couples that if you have a major thing you need to resolve, it’s better to spend a month building your friendship and learning how to talk together again than to delve into that huge issue.

You have to have a foundation of goodwill before you start trying to deal with a big problem.

I’ve written at length on how to build your friendship and do things together, and so I thought today I would link to those posts for you. So here you go: go spend time together, build your friendship, and build up your Love Bank balance!

Building Your Friendship with Your Husband

Reader Question: Help! My Husband Never Wants to Spend Time with Me

Benefits of Walking Together

Avoiding Marriage Ruts

Just DO Something Together

Two Player Board Games you Can Play with Your Husband

50 Most Romantic Movies to Watch as a Couple

Dreaming with Your Spouse–Building a Vision Together

Hope these bless you! Now go build your friendship.

Successful Couples Do Things Together: Go and build your friendship!

 

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