Over the years, my father and uncle taught me that a little preventative maintenance can go a long way with automobiles. Change the oil, check the fluids, keep the tires correctly inflated & rotated, replace the spark plugs, change the air filter. This past weekend I changed the rotors and brake pads on our Toyota van–a relatively easy do-it-yourself task. But if I allow any of these things to slide, very costly or even irreparable damage will, no doubt, result.
We usually drive our vehicles until the wheels break off, pushing upwards of 200K to 250K miles. So when it comes to cars, I’m convinced that little things matter. As I was brainstorming blog post ideas this weekend, it occurred to me that the same could be said about our relationships: the small stuff can hold off a lot of potential sweat and tears.
So below are a few things I like to do with my wife and kids to keep our relationship running like a well-oiled machine. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve never won the Husband or the Father-of-the-Year award, and I probably never will. But I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck either–this isn’t rocket science!
This may seem like a lot, but most of these are pretty simple and can become routine. What about you? What preventive maintenance do you practice with your relationships?