It is more than the romance that one experiences during the first few years of the marriage. It is a commitment, a decision to love someone for the rest of your life even when he fails to meet your expectations.
Communication is key to making a marriage work and last. The success or failure of your marriage will be largely determined by your ability to communicate effectively with your spouse. Marriage is nurtured by always keeping an open line of communication. There will definitely be arguments and misunderstandings but if you learn to communicate with your husband physically, emotionally and intellectually, your marriage will definitely last a lifetime.
The dramaturgical theory of sociology comes into play in a marriage. Both you and your husband have a role to play in the marriage. Realize that in becoming married, your role shifts from being a girlfriend to being a wife. In the same manner, his role changes from being merely a boyfriend to becoming a husband. There will be times when you both will not be satisfied with the “performance” of the other’s role but this should not discourage you. On the contrary, it should inspire both of you to strive better at “performing” your roles. Symbolic interactionism theory also applies in a marriage because of the concept of spousal roles and the expectations you both have on each other. Wives have stereotyped roles such as homemaker, one who will cook, do the grocery, clean the house and take care of the children. Over the years though, this role has evolved. Society now realizes that a wife’s role is not limited inside the house. You too can get a job and be a professional. Today, household chores are not assigned solely to the woman of the house, rather there is now such a thing as shared responsibility. In the same manner, husbands are no longer the sole breadwinner of the family. Wives