Marriage is a commitment that should be taken seriously; it requires a lot of patience and hard work. Here are nine things married women want the single ladies out there to know before they decide to tie the knot.

Learn how to cook.

It could be his favorite dish or a new recipe you want to try. Either way, it’s important to at least know a few simple dishes like adobo and menudo. Besides, eating out all the time will cost you money.


No one is perfect.

Whether it’s intentional or not, your man will make mistakes. Try to be as understanding as possible within reason, but don't keep your feelings to yourself. Talk to him. Attacking without thinking things through could lead to serious arguments, or worse, a messy breakup.

Patience is definitely a virtue.
When you feel like you can't take it anymore, talk to someone and let out all your pent-up anger first before sitting down with your man. You don’t want to say anything you’ll probably regret later on.


All relationships take work.
Always try to be the bigger and better person when it comes to petty fights. Thinking of a solution to the problem is more important than playing the blame game. If you feel like you’re being taken for granted, talk to him. Communication is key.


You have to treat your partner as a friend, too.

Being with a friend makes you comfortable and more yourself. If you treat your husband as your friend, then it would be easier to tell him things.


Learn how to compromise.
Pushing for what you want all the time may lead to unwanted quarrels. If you want to go out for Chinese food but your man wants to stay at home, compromise and call in for a delivery–this way, both of you can get what you want. These things may seem simple, but sometimes, the messiest breakups stem from the tiniest problems.


It’s okay to be choosy.
Don’t pick a man just because you two have the same interests–choose a man who shares the same goals and values as you.


Master the art of fidelity and trust.

These are important in a relationship. Without them, there will always be a never-ending cycle of insecurities and fights.


Always be vocal with your feelings.
Whether it’s verbally or through gestures, always make sure to communicate. It allows you to share your aspirations, concerns, and your support for one another.

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