Posted by: littlebitofparadise | February 11, 2013

37 Ways to Romance Your Husband

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I recently read an article written by a Catholic woman in which she outlined ways to romance our husbands. I must admit, the article left me more than a little bewildered.

The ideas put forth in the article included the suggestions “leave lipstick kisses on the bathroom mirror;” “take him on a thrift-shopping spree and let him pick out clothes and accessories for you to wear;” “download a love song and email it to him at work;” and “create a crossword puzzle for him to work with words describing his endearing qualities.”

Really? What guy feels extra loved and romanced by a crossword puzzle? Or getting an Etta James ballad emailed to him at work? How many men do you think list “seeing red lipstick kisses on our bathroom mirror” as their fantasy of a romantic gesture from their wives? And the idea that a thrift-store shopping spree would romance a man’s heart is like telling a man that his wife’s romantic fantasy is “Take her to your favorite sports bar and let her pick the beer brand and the basketball game to watch.”

I felt fairly sure the “romance your hubby” activities listed in the article were in fact ideas that appealed to the romantic side of women, not strong, masculine (i.e. normal!) MEN. I read part of the article out loud to my husband, and he just smiled and quietly shook his head. He clearly didn’t think the author of the article “got men” very well.

Several years ago my father gave a talk at a Catholic conference entitled “Are We Talking to Ourselves?” in which he outlined the critical mistakes we Catholics make in trying to communicate the message of our Faith. Often we talk in terms, use descriptions, and give examples that make sense to us, but that come across as foreign as life on Mars to the person we’re trying to reach. While her intentions are excellent and I thoroughly applaud her effort, I fear the woman who wrote the list of ideas to romance the guys might have been talking a little too clearly to us ladies.

In a state of disappointment, I grabbed a pen and a legal pad off my desk, and with a baby bouncing on one hip I stood at the kitchen counter and started scribbling down my own ideas for how to truly romance the hearts of our husbands.

I started thinking about the things I’ve done for my Hubs in the brief years we’ve been married that seemed to really speak to his heart. I thought of my girlfriends who are especially attuned to the romantic needs of their spouses, and wrote down some of the things they do. I thought of my mother, my aunts, and some of my mom’s girlfriends who have been powerful witnesses in my life of taking good care of their spouses’ hearts: what did they do for their husbands that rocked them at their core?

And it was with these questions swirling in my head that I kept furiously writing on my legal pad. When I was done, I had two pages of single-spaced ideas for how we women can romance our husbands. I then asked an expert – a Catholic man (mine) – to help me shorten the list.

Following is the resulting list of 37 Ways to Romance Your Husband. I believe our spouses desire a deep friendship with us ladies, their life partners. They want a comfortable home. Good food. A wife who takes care of her appearance – for his sake if not her 0wn. They want an exciting, adventurous sex life – and they want their wives to desire the same. They want to be respected. And cared for. And prayed for. And admired. And most of all, loved.

Ladies, here are some ideas for how we can show it.

[Warning: some of the list below is “PG.” But hey – even a list of ways to romance a godly Christian man has to include some references to sex. This is real life after all!]

37 Ways to Romance Your Husband

  1. Dress up, primp (makeup, hair) before he comes home from work, even if he’s the only adult you’ll see all day. Taking care of your physical appearance for his sake, if not for your own, means a lot to a man.
  2. Buy a six-pack of his favorite beer and put it front and center in the fridge with a post-it love note on it. (If he prefers dessert, do the same with a half gallon of his favorite ice cream in the freezer).
  3. Determine your husband’s “love language” and do at least one thing a day for a week that specifically says “I love you” according to his love language (see the book The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman).
  4. Drop the kids off at a babysitter’s house so it’s just you when he gets home from work. Make him a romantic dinner wearing your favorite apron and his favorite lingerie.
  5. Go on a “New Fragrance Date” at the mall. His job is to pick out a new sexy perfume for you, and you’ll choose a new cologne for him. Promise to wear it to bed every night that week. (Hint – if new fragrances is not in your budget, ask the salesperson at the perfume and cologne counters for a sample of your favorite to take home. The sample will contain enough scent to last for a week’s worth of bedtimes).
  6. Go shopping together for new lingerie. Often.
  7. If your husband loves books and/or music: plan a “bookstore date” where you’ll each pick out a new book for the other, or a new CD. Don’t forget coffee and dessert and relaxing convo in the café before you leave!
  8. Leave a lacy unmentionable in his gym bag or briefcase so he’ll find it during the day at work.
  9. Attend his favorite sporting event with him, even if you personally have no interest (or even if you hate it). Buy his team’s jersey with his favorite player’s number on it and wear it to the game. Bet he wouldn’t mind if you wore it to bed that night either.
  10. Let him sleep in on a weekend.
  11. Order his favorite sub and have it delivered to his desk at work.
  12. Always affirm and compliment him in public. Don’t criticize or belittle, even if your girlfriends are doing it to their husbands at the same gathering.
  13. Let him pick the date, time, location, position. Just make sure he knows you can’t wait. Alternatively turn the tables on him: YOU pick the scenario when he least expects it. Show him that you can’t keep your hands off him!
  14. Host guy’s night at your house. Make all his favorite guy foods, buy the beer, then disappear. And hold no record in your heart of your kindness.
  15. Don’t complain when he goes to guy’s night.
  16. Verbally express your admiration and respect. Often.
  17. Defer to his decisions joyfully. That means without complaining.
  18. Choose to spend a night in with him rather than going out with the rest of your girlfriends.
  19. Text/email little notes and messages during the work day. Sexy ones and “just cuz” ones.
  20. Hire a babysitter for a long evening, book a local hotel room, and take him, candles, wine, and take-out dinner for a romantic escapade neither of you will forget. The babysitter will never know your secret.
  21. If your husband likes to work out, plan a time when the two of you can get in a gym workout together, without kids. If your hubby is a runner, go on a long jog together.
  22. Plan weekly “date night ins” after the kids go to bed. Order take-out. Rent a movie. Play a game. Just sit by the fire and soak in each other. Whatever makes it a night relaxing and fun for the two of you, but especially for him.
  23. Admire his physique. Verbally express appreciation that he takes care of himself.
  24. Allow him to play his favorite computer/smartphone/video game “guilt free” (i.e., without nagging from the wifey).
  25. Plan an outing for just the two of you doing his favorite outdoor adventure: kayaking, tennis, hiking, trail running, biking, snorkeling, fishing, etc.
  26. Let him pick the movie, TV show, or game. Even if it’s one of those action flicks you can’t stand.
  27. Choose to wear a sexy nightgown to bed vs. the oversized t-shirt and flannels you love so much.
  28. Celebrate his achievements at work, school, etc. Make a big deal out of his accomplishments.
  29. Thank him often for being a good provider and taking such good care of you and the kids.
  30. Make eye contact and give full attention to his response after you ask him “So babe, how was your day?”
  31. Pray for his intentions, and make sure he knows you’re his #1 prayer warrior.
  32. Buy a week’s worth of new silky/lacy under things and wear one new item every day for a week. Tell him he has a new surprise to check out at the end of each day. (No Hanes or Fruit of the Looms allowed for this one, ladies!)
  33. Buy a Groupon for “target shooting practice for two” and spend an afternoon at the gun range. Leather pants optional, but I bet he wouldn’t mind if you looked like Sydney Bristow.
  34. Apologize sincerely for something that upset him and ask for his forgiveness. And if he reciprocates with an apology, don’t demand a specific list of what he’s apologizing for. Just accept it. And if you can seal that apology with a hug, a kiss, and perhaps some make-up rough-and-tumble, so much the better.
  35. Verbalize your desire to try something new/adventurous in the bedroom. Or out of the bedroom.
  36. Have a “honeymoon dinner” and recreate his favorite menu from your honeymoon. It’s always a good thing to remember how sweet the beginning was.
  37. Say “I love you” verbally. At least a bajillion times a day.
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Responses

  1. Steph, this is a great list and one I can certainly adapt for my guy, even before being married. Parts of it really make me laugh – Sydney Bristow!!! I can just see myself.

    • Ellen you would totally rock the Miss Bristow leather pants. Just saying! 🙂

  2. There are so many cheesy lists out there, this is really great and a lot of reminders that I need.

  3. U know I’ve been looking for a list like this forever thank you

  4. that was great

  5. Wow. This is a great list. Thanks

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  7. Stephanie,

    A lot of your suggestions allude to sex and as a husband I think of a lot more than just that. My wife and I really enjoy our time together, but its more than physical. Where is praying a Rosary together as a romantic suggestion; it expresses my masculinity and her femininity? Where is encouraging her to be spiritually lead by her husband? We have to encourage our wives not to feel like romancing their husbands have to be about sex a lot of the time. The renewal of our marriage vows is a beautiful and wonderful to experience, but your suggestions too frequently draw out a sense of men objectifying their wives (I presume that was not at all your intention). Finally, it may not be prudent to encourage men to visit the lingerie department because there are pictures of scantily clad ladies everywhere. I don’t intend to be unkind in anything I’ve said, I just want women not to feel like they have to objectify themselves to romance their husband. God Bless.

    • Hi William! Love your comments and thoughts, thanks for reading! Please remember that I had to narrow down to only 37 ways to romance your husband – of course this list could be endless, so of course there will be great ideas missing in my list, as you mentioned. 🙂 You said “a lot” of my suggestions allude to sex, and YES they do – and I think that’s important, because a primary way a husband and wife experience romance is through sex. That is not a bad thing – it is good, holy, wonderful and fun. It is how it should be in a marriage. However I must remind you that not all of my suggestions involve sex – there were many other non-sexual ideas mentioned. You said that referring to sex as a way to romance our spouse “draws a sense of men objectifying their wives” and here’s where I strongly disagree. I think that is a trap us Catholics fall into, fueled by a desire to be counter-cultural in our sex-soaked, pagan society. But our role as Catholic couples is not to shy away from sex, or be embarrassed by it, but to elevate sex to it’s proper place, to CELEBRATE sex as a good and holy and wonderful aspect of marriage – the primary way we experience romance in marriage in fact. Sure, romancing our spouse does not have to be about sex all the time – but sex DOES need to be a big part of it, and that is good and holy. Sex, talking about sex, creating a romantic atmosphere and an excitement leading up to sex, and yes even buying sexy underthings as a way to entice and excite our spouse, I would argue, does NOT objectify our spouses. Read Song of Solomon – God has a place and a plan for crazy awesome sex in a holy union. Sure, if our heart or our will is disordered, there can always be a temptation to objectify our covenant partner, but talking about sex and making it exciting and beautiful and romantic does not automatically by default equal objectification. You mentioned praying the Rosary together as a way of romancing our spouse. To be honest, I think that’s a stretch. Spending time together is OF COURSE romantic, and being united in prayer and tapping into the grace of sacraments and sacramentals – sure, that can add romance to a marriage. But I would argue that for most men, praying the Rosary together might not have the same romantic excitement, or at least MORE excitement, as a man might feel out on a date at a football game with his wife, or shooting a half dozen rounds at a gun range, or going on a jog together, or hiring that babysitter and getting a room for the night. If we’re truly honest about it, I don’t think praying the rosary together “trump” holy, exciting, married sex as a way to romance your spouse’s heart. You are a better one to testify to this than me, but from what I’ve gathered from trying to be a good listener and good student of the subject, it seems that men want a true partner in all things – not just in one area like sex or one area like prayer. I tried to highlight that in my list, but perhaps a “37 Ways Part 2” is in order. 😉

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  9. I found this on Pinterest and meandered over to take a look. I am an atheist, so I wasn’t sure it would be applicable for my life. I confess, I was expecting what William thought was missing: ideas centered around religious rituals. (I can see how a list based around strictly religious themes might be nice for some, so I am not demeaning that suggestion in any way.)

    However, I find this to be a sweet and practical list that addresses the emotional, mental, physical and (for those who are inclined) spiritual aspects of a marriage. It can certainly be applied in my life–and I’m sure my husband will appreciate it! So, thank you for sharing.


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