Treat her More Like a Client

September 5, 2013

in 2013 Awesome Husband, Acts of Service, YOU4HER

We all understand the need to treat clients and customers well. We work to please them, give them the benefit of the doubt, and see serving them as right and normal.

Great Service! © Stuart Miles | freedigitalphotos.net

Do you treat your wife as you would a client? Or, do you expect her to treat you like a client!

Of course, there are some differences between a spouse and a client, but the comparison is a good way to examine the dynamics of your marriage. If the way you treat your wife would cause a client to leave you, what does that say? If the way she treats you would cause a customer to find another store, what does that mean?

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3 comments
msieckert
msieckert

Thanks for this post.  I sure appreciate simple comparisons like this.  Of course it's not going to be exactly apples to apples, but keeping this in mind on a regular basis will go a long way to inspire 'excellent service' and encourage thoughtful chosen responses.

cej
cej

I wholeheartedly agree with the principle here, but I think the specifics depend on what field you're in...

Ironically, my husband and I have discussed many times (and both agree) that the work side of his "personality" needs to stay at work and the "home" side of his personality at home.  My husband is a salesman in the construction industry, so he deals with construction workers, foremen, project managers all day.  He's very successful at his job.  But, I personally don't like to be "sold" anything.  And the "customer service" aspect of his job probably looks a little different than in many other industries.  It's a very rough crowd he deals with.  (thick skin required!)

I so appreciate that he recognizes the difference between me and his clients.  And that he appropriately uses different methods.  I know it's not easy for him to make the switch at the end of a work day but he has been intentional about it.  Before he comes home, he parks his car by 'his tree' to spend a few minutes with God unloading his work day and praying.  He often reads a few pages from a marriage-related book for encouragement.  (I think he's currently reading "Capture Her Heart" - I saw it lying on the front seat of his car the other day.)  So grateful for him!

Anyway, just a few thoughts to consider.  :)

TheGenerousHusband
TheGenerousHusband moderator

@cej I worked side by side with that industry for years when I was in landscape and irrigation, so I understand. (Real men say I love you before hanging up the phone with their wife in the construction trailer office!)

I love the way your husband switched gears, very good. I may have to post something about that.


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