No two relationships are exactly alike because all couples have their own expectations, boundaries and rules that keep theirs running smoothly. What works for one couple might not for others and when a couple finds their formula for success, they tend to stick to it. People are sharing the unconventional things that make their relationship stronger.
- "We don’t deal with each other's families. We each attend family functions solo. A lot of times, this means we spend holidays apart, which is fine by us since we’re not religious. This rule takes a ton of stress out of the relationship."
- "Wedding rings aren’t the end-all-be-all of a relationship. The commitment means so much more than a piece of jewelry. Hubby and I each stopped wearing them for different reasons, but our commitment's never wavered."
- "We make comments to each other when we see very good-looking people when we're out. I appreciate the truthfulness & I have no problem with my husband looking at women and making comments to me. If he were to act on it or flirt, that'd be a different story."
- "We argue and have tough conversations by text. We argue less often and much more constructively when we do. It’s us against the problem, not us against each other."
- "We are both in our 30s and have no social media. It's the strongest relationship either of us have had because we have zero outside influence."
- "I get to have a man on the side as long as I don't start treating my husband differently."
- "Not living together. We've also both been married before, and we each have our own children. We both agree we feel a desire to sleep together every night, but still have our own space."
- "My sister and her husband have a rule that they only fight when they are both naked. If an issue gets heated, they have to strip down and argue."
- "We still buy groceries separately. I mean, we share pasta or butter, but we like different cheese, different coffee, different milk, etc. So, instead of discussing grocery shopping, we just buy things we want."
- "We don't want to get married. We already feel as devoted as a married couple."