20 Outdated Relationship Standards That Men Are So Over, According to Modern Women

6. Going On Holiday Together

Everyone needs some downtime, especially with a busy working schedule. You might be burned out by work and you need to get away from home for a few days or a week or two. And maybe you’ll decide to go separately without your significant other and the kids (if there are any). A somewhat dated Wall Street Journal article mentions at least a third of American adults have traveled separately from their spouses, mostly due to family and work commitments.

It can be nerve-wracking at first. Your partner wants to travel alone? What’s next? A breakup? Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many reasons that a brief period away can make a relationship stronger. Remember the old adage, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Time apart can be crucial in setting a tone of independence among partners, while also enabling couples to understand what they appreciate most in each other when they get back after the vacation.

Most Redditors concurred, and this user Raudskeggr had some wisdom on his own:

“A sign of a healthy relationship is not couples doing everything together, but feeling secure enough to be able to do somethings separately sometimes, and still have a loving relationship.”

So the next time your man wants to go to Comic-Con and you’d rather chop off your leg, it might be better to let him go his merry way by himself.

5. Keeping Things Spicy

Countless articles and forums exist to ensure you keep your relationship spicy. Both guys and girls face pressure in the bedroom to keep things lively and interesting. If things go stale and turn boring, we all assume that it’ll have a negative impact on a relationship. But that’s not always the case.

Sometimes, rather than going for the spontaneous and wild kind of fun, doing things that are routine and regular works best. After all, no one wants to have a dry spell. These Redditors, user clarion53 detailed some of their usual routines, and there’s a lot of different habits the guys tried out with their significant others.

The routines involve variations of activities, days of the week, times of the day, and the accessories each couple prefers. It’s impossible to be creative all the time, so having a fixed schedule for your partner makes sure your guy makes you happy and he does the same for you on a regular basis. We know the benefits of alone time. So benefits of regular time together can’t be forgotten. An apple a day is what they say.

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