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Young Marriage - How I make it work with my wife

Updated on October 5, 2013

This is my first article about my personal experiences in my marriage. I hope after reading this you can apply some of the things you've read to yourself, or just be entertained.

I am currently 23 years old and I've been married for about a year and a half now. I have a beautiful baby girl that is 2 years old and I love my wife and daughter more than anything on Earth.

Getting married at a young age is a difficult thing to make succeed, but once you get the whole process down it will be the most rewarding part of your life.

I met my wife in high school at the age of 15, she was only 12 at the time. I met her through her brother whom I attended school with. He invited me over to play some games with him one day and it turned out to be a good friendship over the years. While spending time at his house, sometimes I would stay over for days, I started to become friends with his family. Over the course of the 2 years that would follow, I was a good friend of the family and spent quite a bit of time at their house.

During the time spent over there, his younger sister started to become quite fond of me, and I of her. Knowing that she was much younger than me, and my friend's younger sister, I was more than hesistant to even begin trying anything with her. So, we became good friends as well.

It wasn't until my senior year of high school, her freshman year, that we began dating. Still, she was much younger than me and I got plenty of criticism for it believe me. The relationship began rough, but all high school relationships are weird anyway, but she was determined and pressed on to be with me.

As many relationships go, in the early stages of it I had trouble staying with 1 girl. This isn't anything I'm proud of, but that's just how it went. I broke her heart several times before finally wising up and getting it together.

We continued dating after I graduated and everything was going well. When I was 19 she became pregnant, yes she was 16. I was mortified at the news and we constantly denied it to ourselves what was going on. Finally we told the family and much to my surprise her mom was excited and he brother didn't seem to mind as much as I thought he would. Our daughter was born in October when my wife was 17. We named her Lily.

When my wife graduated high school her family moved into a bigger house in town and I moved in with them. Let me tell you, that is a terrible idea now that I look back on it and if you can avoid living with more than 1 family in a household you should. But we were young and hadn't established ourselves enough to live on our own yet, not to mention she just graduated. I was having trouble staying in college while working, and because I'm terrible at waking up in the mornings.

Finally about a year later we managed to get our own place, and it was exciting for both of us. We finally got to live on our own.

About 6 months into living in our own place, a friend of ours was having some trouble and needed a place to live, so we both agreed to help him out and let him move in with us for a while. Everything was going smoothly for a while, but our relationship began to slowly deteriorate and we both became very stressed out. As our relationship deteriorated and we both started to become doubtful, I did something I hadn't thought I'd ever do again. I gave into temptation and slept with another woman. A few months later I told her and shit hit the fan.

Through some miraculous bargaining I convinced her to stay with me and that we'd work through it. The next day after this all went down, I had to kick out our friend who had been staying with us for over half a year. He didn't take it well and he isn't really in contact with us anymore, but you've got to realize that when you get married, your commitment to your spouse is more important than any friend you'll ever have, especially if you have a child.

So, the months dragged on and things seemed to be getting better, but once again after several months our marriage hit a snag and things began to slowly drop off again. We were having people over all the time for parties and movie nights, I was spending a lot of time at work, and I was having a lot of trouble trying to find time to spend with my family.

My wife is very close to my family, and she began discussing our problems with my grandmother. This is of course very annoying to have your family know about your problems, but after looking back I'm very grateful for some of the advice she's given us about how to make our marriage work. She suggested we watch a movie, Fireproof to be exact, and that it would help our marriage out. Me being the arrogant man I am, I just shrugged and said "Sure grandma, we'll watch it." So, after about a week we sat down together one night, watched the movie, me being the sap I am cried several times during it, and in the end I was surprised at some of the good advice and lessons I learned from the movie.

Overall, our relationship is still rough, but we're determined to make it work. So, I will lay out some tips here that I believe are essential to making a young marriage work, or any marriage for that matter.

1. Your wife should be your best friend.

This can be viewed however you want, but I think this is the most important thing in making a marriage work. This doesn't mean she should be your only friend or that you shouldn't spend time with other friends, but it does mean, and I truly believe this, that your wife should be your best friend. When planning activities, errands, your work schedule, or anything you can think of, you should always ask what she thinks first. You should hold her opinion on any subject that matters to you highest above anyone elses, unless it's fishing or hunting, or building a house. But if your wife happens to be an expert at any of those then negate this last sentence.

2. Eliminate parasites in your marriage.

Let me first explain what a marriage parasite is. A marriage parasite is ANYTHING that creates a barrier between you and your wife. A parasite can take on any number of forms. Personally, my marriage parasites that I've dealt with were: certain friends, laziness, lack of attention, video games, and work.

The hardest parasites I've had to deal with in my marriage were my own friends. Personally, I think this is the hardest thing in my life I've had to deal with. People I've known longer than my wife were interfering with our relationship. When you say 'I do', you've got to realize that everyone aside from your wife is #2 when it comes to anything you're going to do ever again. My friends were inviting me out all the time, coming over to hang out, or constantly nagging about my relationship and how stupid it was for me to be married this young. In several cases, it was my friends that were causing the biggest grief for me while trying to make my marriage work. I finally realized that this was causing huge problems and needed to be dealt with.

3. Carrying your own weight.

What I mean by this is simple. You've got to help your wife. This means doing the dishes when you don't want to, folding laundry, cleaning the bathroom, anything that needs to be done you need to be a part of.

4. Make time for your wife.

I don't care if you work 8 hours every day, you need to spend time with your wife. Most importantly, she needs to come first. The first thing you should do when you get home from work is give her a kiss and begin a conversation. I don't know how many times I've gotten home from work and proceeded directly to the computer. This can't be how it is. You have to put yourself 2nd when you have available time and spend some quality time with your wife. Even if it's only helping cook dinner and then eating, you've got to put her first. The first thing on your mind when you clock out at work should be, what am I going to do with my wife when I get home. Find something you can enjoy doing with her, and it doesn't have to be sex all the time (and probably shouldn't be unless she's a nympho) and make time immediately for whatever it is you plan to do. If you can't think of anything to do just ask her what she wants to do.

5. If you have a kid, find something you can all do together.

Suck it up and go to the park sometime. This will make your wife extremely happy. I personally hate going to the park, but there are just those times that you need to put yourself 2nd and do something for your family. A day at the park, if that's what your wife wants to do, will make her happier than any amount of laundry you do or dishes you can clean. If you just take one day out of your week to get out of your house and do something together with your family, this alone will do wonders for your relationship. Once a child is in the picture, making your kid happy is the easiest gateway to making your wife happy.

Now of course this article is all about my own personal experience; every relationship is different. If you're young like me, the hardest thing about making a relationship work is doing the things you don't want to do. I'm young, I like to go out with my friends, I like to drink, I like to party. But reality sets in when your marriage starts to hit a downward slope and you need to realize that you've got to set aside some of the things that personally make you happy for the things that make your family happy.

My marriage is far from perfect and I'm sure we'll have plenty of hard places in the road ahead. Marriage is for life, and once you get the hang of it it will be the most rewarding thing you can build.


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      kms87298 4 years ago

      First, Congratulation on the family.

      My husband was only 20 when we got married but looking at your story and your 5 tips - you are very wise.

      My husband and I have a lot in common and do so much together. I have never been happier and he truly is my best friends. We never fight or argue, we talk about things that are bothering us and we work through them. Honesty is the best policy and being open and honest in communication is another positive in every relationship. God bless you, your wife and your children.

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      Chris 4 years ago from Colorado Springs

      Thank you everyone for your comments and support! I am now 27! That means it has been 4 years now and my wife and I are doing great! We now have 2 children and our 3rd due any day now. :D

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      unknown 5 years ago

      This is very useful information.. God blesz your marriage.

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      marinesfiance12 5 years ago

      i hope when me and my fiancé get married it is a lot like this like that is the perfect guy basically make time for family

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      kissy face 5 years ago

      well im 15 and me and my bf are now engaged and okanning to marry soon we have a house and no kids thank god not yet but we are working things out with money and bills

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      RavenT2011 5 years ago from Tennessee

      The only thing you can do is pray. You can not change your husband that is what God is for. My husband grew up in the church, they went to church all the time now he doesn't really want to go. I do not push him, judge him, or complain. I will ask him if he would like to join the boys and I, sometimes he will and sometimes he won't, either way I do not complain. I pray for God to make sure my husband does the right thing. Read 1 Corinthians 7 and 13 in the bible here is were you both can learn your place as a spouse in the eyes of God. My advice to you would be to work on yourself first allow your husband to see the change in you. When he ask where you got your information show him and let him read it for himself. Matthews 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and God will give you everything you need. All you have to do to get everything you want in life is read the bible and seek God's guidance. Read it for yourself and follow my hubs for more details.


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      amy 6 years ago

      great article - but what to do if i am the wife and my husband is excatly what u r describing - and when i tried to explain it him he couldn't see the above exact issues - what's ur advise for the wife - what can i do !?

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      RavenT2011 6 years ago from Tennessee

      You have a very nice story and I pray everything works out for you. My husband and I were also highschool sweethearts but I was the older one in the relationship. We were married at age 20 and 18 on May 16,2012 we will have been married for 14 years. I must tell you that your list is on point but NUMBER ONE ON YOUR LIST SHOULD BE LEADING YOUR FAMILY TO GOD. You need to read the bible and know your place as a husband in god'd eyes and your marriage will be protected.

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      Missy 6 years ago

      I, too, stumbled across this site. Very good to read, I sent a link to my husband. We are both married. I'm 21 and he's 24. Married 1 year now. Maybe seeing he isn't the only one dealing with these types of issues will help him. We have dated for 5 years before getting married.

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      ABC 6 years ago

      Nice one

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      Jessica 6 years ago

      I stumbled across this after searching "Marriage, how to make it work". I was beyond happy to read this, especially in a males point of view. I am 22 (my husband 23), we recently just got married in October 2011 after being together for one and half years. My husband has never physically cheated on me (or that I know of) but previous to us getting married I caught him talking to other women twice (flirty texts and naked photos). I forgave him and moved on. But after us being married for 2 months I caught him again talking to another woman (an ex), this time denying our relationship and wishing he was still with her. For some reason I just cannot get over it this time.... The day we got married (we eloped, hes in the Military) he promised that he would never hurt me from that point forward, that I can trust him and he would take care of me. When I caught him this last time I was determined to leave but, the way he broke down and reacted to me leaving, I just couldn't. He admitted he needs to grow up and what he has done is completely wrong. That I am the only person for him and he is nothing with out me. Our marriage has been rocky since and i KNOW its because I am having a hard time forgiving him this time. We have just about 30 days until he leaves for deployment for 9 months, I dont want us to end up on bad terms before he goes. I have become extremely paranoid and ALWAYS feel like he is cheating on me now, that he is always talking to other girls. From a Mans point of view, what would you expect a Woman to do in this situation? What if your wife never forgave you for your acts of adultery? I just want to know what I can do (or we) to move past this point. I keep telling him he needs to show and prove to me that he will never do this again. He never puts me first or even try to compromise with me. I think maybe he needs to grow up and he wasn't ready for this kind of commitment? I'm ready to give him my life but he doesn't want to give me his... Any input or advise would be lovely. I'm just trying to understand him as a Man but, hes not very good at expressing himself.

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      Engaged 6 years ago

      I am definitely showing this to my boyfriend. We have tried "playing house" before we get married and these little things are getting in the way of happiness. His friends are always dropping it and its "rude to say go away", he'd rather play video games then talk to me, he'd rather talk to himself then help me with dishes or cleaning, and he doesn't understand that while he works when I am off I get bored and then wonders why I get so angry when he suddenly cancels our plans.

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      use a wedding planner for your special day 7 years ago

      well written hub ! Just loved to read this. One of my biggest parasites is TV and PC. i will get rid of the TV 1st !

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      blessedmommyof3 7 years ago

      Great Hub! I also was married young , but we just celebrated 6 years of marriage a couple of months ago and let me tell you that if you both are determined that marriage is a wonderful experience. We also have watched fireproof and it was awesome! I am more in love with my husband now than I ever have been, don'[t take me wrong we have had some rough times but stuck together through it all and now we have a stronger relationship than before.

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      Chris 8 years ago from Colorado Springs

      All the best to you as well girlatny. =) Sry for late response have been traveling a lot.

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      girlatny 8 years ago from New York

      I just saw your sight b/c I signed up for hubpages and your site was a link listed on mine. I just wanted to say, you are very wise for 23. I'm 29 married for 2 years and my husband 33 don't even seem to understand what you discovered. I agree with the advice you gave. I hope your marriage lasts very long and is a very happy one. All the best to you and your family.

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      Chris 8 years ago from Colorado Springs

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Over the course of my own relationship I have also realized that even if it's never looked at it was finally brought to my attention that my wife is also a cause of some of the problems in our relationship. I sat down with her and talked about how many things in my life I have changed for her and such and then asked her what she's done for me. Surprisingly she couldn't say anything except say 'put up with you'. One thing to really look at in a young relationship is your own ability to just stick with it. 9/10 high school sweetheart marriages fail because they're just too young. End of story. Wanting to drink and party and go out is natural for college age people. Love is more of a choice to make and you've got to choose if you want to love your wife and make it work. If you can't do that then you're not ready to be married.

      The same goes for her. Choosing to be with you isn't enough, she has to try to make it work. Just saying I can't do it is being weak. Relationships take strength from both people.

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      drc31285 8 years ago

      good story and i hope things are still going good. my situation is that i have givin up the friends and put her first.. not so good for me it didn't work she wonts to be with her mom all the time even when it affects me.. i wish it was me doing things wrong so i could fix them but my issue is the opposite.. again glad i read your story.. hope everything works out for you your wife and the baby.. drc..

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      Chris 8 years ago from Colorado Springs

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

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      fitri 8 years ago

      nice story..hope I can get married soon.. fitri_Indonesia


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