November 13, 2012 10:20
What does it take for a man to become an ideal husband once he stops going to work and is suddenly a constant presence in his wife's life? Support her but leave her in peace, suggests Mirae Assets' monthly magazine.
"The more you restrain your wife, the worse your relationship will get," said Kim Dong-yup, head of the Retirement Education Center at Mirae Asset. "When your wife goes out, tell her to have a good time, and when she comes home, welcome her by asking if she had a good time."
Another recommendation is for retired breadwinners to try driving their wives to their appointments and also offer rides to their children in order to strengthen their bond with them.
If there are grandchildren, retirees now finally have the time to pay attention to them and teach them new things, according to the magazine. Many men have learned valuable skills at work and may be even better at teaching children than their wives are.
"People tend to focus only on financial matters when preparing for retirement," said Kim. "But it is also important to think about how to maintain good relationships with your spouse. Depending on one's efforts, retirees can become beacons of support for their families in ways other than bringing home the bacon."
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