What Men Expect From a Woman in a Relationship
Men often joke that it’s difficult to know what a woman wants from them, but women often have a hard time knowing what men expect in a relationship as well. Any woman that wants to please her man and make him happy will do well to tune into his needs in particular, but understanding men overall can also help a relationship to be more harmonious.
First understand that men are very visually oriented and appreciate a woman that looks good. While it’s only natural that beauty fades with age, a woman that simply lets herself go will put distance between her and a man. Keeping yourself in shape as much as possible is good for a relationship, as is taking the time to fix yourself up and look attractive as well. Jeans and a casual tee may be perfect for when you’re running errands on a Saturday afternoon with your man, but even on casual days, double-check your look and note if you need improvements. A fitted tee is better than an oversized one that does nothing for your shape, and pretty ballet flats are better than torn-up sneakers.
This is also important in the area of intimacy. Many women tend to let their appearance and presentation in the bedroom slide, but men expect her to take as much time to look good after they’ve been dating for six months as she did when they first started going out. An oversized tee as a bed shirt can be cute, but men expect to see pretty lingerie no matter how long you’ve been together.
Unfortunately there are still many stereotypical gender roles that men get caught up in to this day, and they may expect a woman to be a good cook and housekeeper even if she works full-time. These chores will need to be divided up between you if you both work, but keep in mind that men also respond to a woman that is somewhat domestic. A good meal, some homemade sweets, and a clean and comfortable home can make a man feel appreciated and nurtured and loved. Some women find it easier to take care of these chores if the man does an equal amount of other chores for them, such as maintaining the lawn and the cars, or helping out with dishes and laundry.
Today’s men also expect women to be somewhat independent. They may expect her to have a job of her own and to be able to take care of many of her own issues rather than leaning on him for everything or expecting him to provide everything. Some independence also means in your relationship; men expect women to have at least a few of her own friends and hobbies so they both have free time away from each other.
These things can be a lot but they are what’s needed to keep a relationship alive today. Tune into these needs from your own man and note if perhaps they may strengthen your own relationship.