I sometimes hear from wives who are trying to set it up to have the best chance that their husband is going to come back to them after the separation. They often ask me how they can tell if he’s actually going to come back.
I often hear comments: “will my husband come back after our separation? How can I make sure that he does? I miss him so much. I don’t want to lose him. He’s staying with some friends and sometimes I think he’s happier apart. He says he still doesn’t know what he wants or what he has decided about the separation so I’m trying not to push. But I don’t know what I’ll do if he doesn’t come back. What is the best plan of attack?”
I will discuss these questions and concerns in the following article.
Setting It Up To Make Sure That You Have The Best Chance Of Him Coming Back After The Separation: There will come a time during this process where your husband will need to make a decision about where he stands and what he wants to do after the separation. Usually, he’ll either decide that he needs more time, that he wants to come back to you, or that he wants to go ahead and stay apart and pursue a divorce or perhaps a legal or longer separation.
Obviously, when he goes to make this decision, you want for him to think as favorably about you as is possible. And, you may have some work to do between that day and this because if you’re separated, it’s probably safe to say that things weren’t going all that great with your marriage right before he left.
So you’ll likely have to change his mind about some things. And it’s vitally important that you chose those things very wisely. Because while it’s unrealistic to think that you might change his mind on all of your issues and problems, you CAN often change his mind about you and about how he feels about you.
Yes, this can take some doing. But if you can change his perceptions about you, then you can eventually also change his mind about your problems – and eventually, about your marriage.
Making Your Husband WANT To Come Back After The Separation: This is really more important than I can possibly express. Many wives ask for my advice on “making” or “getting” a husband to come back after the separation. Honestly, this isn’t want you want.
Do you really want him to come back with his head hung low and filled with reluctance? If he comes back to you this way, do you think this is going to last? Probably not because you’re both going to know that his heart just isn’t 100% into it. And so this brings about resentment, and worry, and doubt.
The real goal is to make him to WANT to VERY WILLINGLY come back to you. I know that these may seem like a tall order, but I promise you that with a little planning and skill, it can be done.
First, you have to get the right attitude. You don’t want him to think that you’re going to force him to do anything that he doesn’t want. You want for him to know that you want him to be happy and will give him as much time as he needs for that to happen. You aren’t going to push him and you aren’t going to come on too strongly. Don’t use your children or other members of his family for your leverage. Men hate feeling manipulated and they will not respect you if you stoop to such levels.
I know that it can be VERY difficult to hold back sometimes, especially when you miss him so much. But please trust me when I say that desperation is literally a repellant for men. They can almost smell it and many tell me that it is a total turn off.
I strongly feel that you will often have more success if you portray yourself as the confident, strong woman who knows that ultimately you will find your way back to each other. Part of this confidence means that you create a little mystery.
You certainly don’t want to literally jump every time he calls. But, when you do interact with him, you want to look your best. You want to appear busy and vibrant and you want to make sure that you laugh and smile. You want to remind him of what he loves about you and you want to present the woman that he could look forward to if he came back.
Think about it for a second. Is he really going to want to come back to a pleading, desperate, or scared woman? He’s more likely to want to come back to a confident, yet loving woman.
Another thing that repels separated husband is trying to “work” on your marital problems too soon. You want to make sure that you are very strongly bonded again before you even think about attempting this. Move very slowly while you are still on shaky ground. And make sure he’s firm on wanting to come back and end the separation before you introduce anything back into the mix.
Admittedly, you’ll eventually have to come back down to reality and work through your issues. But the time for that can be later, after he’s interested and committed again.
I know that this is a difficult time. I truly do. I had to use these tactics when I was separated from my husband. It took me a long time to learn this lessons and I made many mistakes. But I eventually was able to regroup and save the marriage. If it helps, you can read that very personal story on my blog at http://isavedmymarriage.com