The first year of my marriage was a boot camp for learning how to encourage, support, and fight with the love of my life. Some of our fights would surface because she didn’t know how to squeeze the toothpaste correctly or put the toilet paper right side up. Joking aside, some of our fights were deeply rooted in the fact that we have come together with two totally different upbringings. We each bring different types of baggage in a relationship.
I had to realize early that most of the arguments in our marriage originated from the baggage we each bring to the table. Much of our baggage comes from how we were raised in our families of origin. Here are 3 pieces of baggage your wife might’ve brought into your marriage.
1. Received Baggage
The traditions and rhythms that your wife brings to your marriage are often things she received from her parents. If your wife grew up with frugal parents, she is likely to handle money in the same way. When you bring up getting a new TV or upgrading your car and she gets frustrated, it is probably not a personal attack.