Relationships 101: How Are You Training Him To Treat You?

In Love by Kristen Dalton Wolfe4 Comments



The ground rules need to be set in the beginning. How you see yourself determines largely  how someone will treat you. What is tolerated in the dating phase will set the tone for the relationship. It has less to do with what you say and more to do with how you act and the boundary lines made known from the beginning. Ladies, the foundational principle in how a man learns to treat you has to do with your self-respect. If he has a problem with it, it might actually be a red-flag.

1. Your time is valuable:
My husband scheduled our first date a few days in advance because I could not be available on a whim. Sorry! Also, he agreed to have me home by 10:30 pm. This let him know that my time was valuable and I wasn’t desperate to be out all night.

2. You are worth being courted properly:
I also did not agree to meet him anywhere in the first few dates. It might sound crazy to some of you because of how “times have changed,” but all I have to say is…it really shouldn’t be up to you to make is “easy” or more “convenient” for a man to date you. My husband drove an hour to come pick me up at my place every single time in the first phase of dating. It made his intentions very clear and allowed me to feel secure in how he felt about me. You are worth being picked up at your house and courted like a lady.

3. You commit after there is a proposed commitment:
Are you always available and committed before there has actually been a commitment made? If he hasn’t committed to you 100% yet, then guess what? Neither should you. A trademark of a real man is decisiveness. He should know you are not just waiting around for him to open his eyes to the treasure in front of him, and you certainly aren’t doing wifey things trying to earn his love. You ain’t gonna convince him that way. At the end of the day, some guys don’t know what they are missing until it’s actually missing. That is why they were designed to pursue.

4. Your heart is worth guarding:
How do you allow him to speak to you? It should not happen to begin with, but the first time he makes a belittling, shaming or demeaning comment to you, nip it in the bud and let him know that will absolutely not be tolerated. There are plenty of calm, constructive & adult-like ways to communicate negative feelings without attacking or tearing you down. You can let him know by telling him and even getting off the phone or taking some space. If it continues, let him go.

5. You are worthy of defining the relationship:
Any man should be proud of you and confident to introduce you to his friends and family as his girlfriend. If he keeps making excuses as to why this hasn’t happened, honor yourself in initiating a conversation that defines the relationship. You need to see that your man is going to stand up for you at all times and he needs to realize that is what you deserve.

If you are in currently in a long term relationship that didn’t start ideally, you can still make changes. It is definitely harder to do later, but start with a conversation with your guy, let him know your feelings and outline clearly how you would like things to be improve.

Now, don’t get it twisted and think, “Oh but I don’t want to pressure him, I don’t want to be overbearing, he needs his space.”

This is not about putting pressure on your guy or about being a diva. This is about seeing yourself the way your Creator sees you, deciding what kind of relationship you want and then carrying yourself in a way that paves the path to an epic love story. A love story with mutual respect.

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  1. Hi Kristen, I just wanted to say thank you and let you know what a blessing you have been to me. I discovered she is more a couple of a months ago and eagerly look for new posts every day. It truly has been a blessing. I am currently in a 4 year relationship that I feel like God is calling me to end but I’m not even sure if I am supposed to. You have opened my eyes to things I would have never been able to see on my own. Once again thank you for pouring out your heart for all of us to read. I can’t wait to read what God puts on you’re heart next.- Sally

  2. Thank you for sharing this.. I am currently not in a relationship but I am glad to read this now so that I don’t sell myself short. Thank you for always reminding us that we are worth so much more that rubies! xx

  3. I love you Kristen! You are awesome! I pray more young women adapt to these ways and know their value and worth! I feel like we have all fallen into NOT doing one of these 5 things. I remember the last guy I talked to he was a great guy manner’s, respectful great job Christian had it together BUT after months of talking and going to dinner I had to sit down and have the “what are we doing” talk. It was a little uncomfortable, (more for him than me, lol) and he just didn’t want to commit at the end of the day, and I needed more and didn’t want my time wasted! So I politely ended all communication and we haven’t been anywhere since (this was October)! Thank you for the post, videos, and the blog! You are amazing sis! 🙂

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