Use Family and Friends
39. Next time a member of her family calls and you answer the phone, stay on the line a chat a minute before handing off the phone. She'll be touched that you want to speak to her relatives.
40. Invite his best friend to dinner and stay for a drink, then cut out to give the two some time together.
41. Take out his yearbook. Ask about the people in it and what they meant to him.
42. Borrow a friend's dog and take it for a walk together. Dogs bring out people's good sides.
43. Read a book to your child together, switching off pages.
44. Bring him a glass of wine (or water) when he's helping your child with her homework.
45. When you hear the baby crying in the middle of the night, be the first one to get up.
46. Write her mom a note, and praise her on how well she raised her daughter.
47. Do her chores. Take out the garbage or do the dishes, even if it's not your turn or your job. Chores for Two: Why Men Don't Pitch In
48. Cover him with a blanket. If you're up in the middle of the night or have to leave early in the morning and you see your partner has tossed the comforter off, take a minute and tuck him in.
49. Set out her coffee cup next to the coffee pot with milk and sugar in the morning so all she has to do is pour and get out the door.
50. Next time you wake up before him, turn off the alarm clock and rouse him by kissing his forehead.
51. Repair something of hers that she hasn't gotten around to fixing—an old watch battery or a broken bracelet clasp.
52. Pick up her dry cleaning.
53. Next time you know she hasn't gotten enough sleep and she's going to work tired, tell her she looks great. (Whatever you do, don't tell her she looks tired.)
54. When she tells you something about her schedule, put it on your calendar so you can remember to ask about it—a big meeting at work, a doctor's appointment, a lunch with an old friend.
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