I keep seeing posts about what we should teach our children. They are usually pretty one sided about teaching our daughters to look for someone who treats them like a queen and teaching our sons to treat woman as such. I think what they are failing to capture is the true sentiment that we have to teach our children that relationships are teamwork. Here is what I want to teach my kids
Don't look to be complete in another person. Be complete in yourself and then find the person who compliments that.
Treat your partner like your best friend and your equal.
Never raise a hand to someone you love no matter if you are a girl or a boy.
Don't settle for someone who makes you feel bad about who you are. Find someone who loves you inspite of it.
Don't look for someone you can't live without. Find someone you wouldn't want to live without.
Put into your relationship what you want to get out of it.
Find someone who makes you laugh. If you can laugh through the sorrow and hard times things will be ok.
Never be cruel. Words can't be unsaid.
Don't leave things unsaid either. If you love someone, even when you are mad, tell them.
Relationships take work but they shouldn't be a struggle.
Most of all don't lose sight of who you are or change that for anyone.