QUESTION: Before we married, my husband was vigilant, passionate and jealous of other men’s interest in me. But now, a year after we wed, he puts work first, is too tired for sex and never compliments me. I’m tempted to respond to a colleague’s flirty overtures to see if it makes my husband more attentive. Should I?
ANSWER: I certainly would NOT advise flirting with a workmate as a way of jazzing things up.
Marriages are so fragile in the early years that this provocation can shatter them. In the first year, most of us have to learn how to be a wife or husband. It takes years of training. Men need to be taught the vital impact of small romantic gestures, while women need to cut their spouses some slack on minor grumbles.
Calm conversation and coaxing are more effective than dramatic scenes and hectoring. Men don’t tend to relish emotional demands. You need to put them in their comfort zone to reap sexual dividends.
Have you tried to initiate sex with whatever foreplay your spouse most enjoys? It may be trite to say it, but in bed you often have to give to receive.