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When you fall in love, everything seems to be great. A loving relationship usually begins with enthusiasm and excitement.

However, those romantic feelings are not the most important aspect of your relationship. What’s truly critical is respect. And if you don’t respect your girlfriend, then your relationship is doomed to fail.

So, in case you’re wondering, here are 11 things you should never do, if you want to be in a respectful, equal relationship:

1) Don’t underestimate her

A strong woman knows her worth, and you need to know it too. You need to value respect and treat your girlfriend exactly as you want her to treat you.

Never underestimate who she is, her dreams, or her goals.

2. Don’t try to control her

If there’s one critical thing to be aware of when you’re in a relationship is giving up the idea that you can control the other person.

Don’t think for a moment that you can tell your girlfriend where she can go, what she can do, or what she should and shouldn’t wear. Every person needs their freedom and it’s better for you if you just let them be.

3. Don’t break her boundaries

If she replies with a ‘no’ to your question, then you’d better not try to change her mind. Remember that no strong woman would ever tolerate your manipulation.

So, if you try to push her limits for too long, then you are guaranteed to trigger a devastating end to your relationship.

4. Don’t dominate the relationship

Equality is a value you need to respects the most. While control can be kinky and sexy in your bedroom, it will be a complete turn off if you ever try to pull it off in your every day functioning.

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If you expect from your girlfriend to serve you at her pleasure, you’re wrong my friend. Forget your patriarchal beliefs of what a woman should do. Your worth is not more than hers.

5. Don’t lie

Even if it’s a white lie, it’s still a sign of disrespect. Honesty is one of the most significant parts of a relationship because trust is built on it.

If you’re not honest, your woman will sense the lie from miles, and you might not hear from her ever again.

6. Don’t be jealous

You might think that girls like jealous boyfriends, but the truth is that being jealous of every single guy she hangs out with can only turn your girlfriend off.

Jealousy is a sign of insecurity and lack of trust. Don’t become crazy when she goes out with her friends, because, believe me, if she wanted to be unfaithful, she would. Being loyal is a choice; you should trust it, and do the same.

7. Don’t cheat

If you’re one of those who believe that being unfaithful once or twice won’t do any harm, then just forget it. Just imagine how much it would hurt you if she did the same.

Don’t ever take advantage of the fact that she trusts you. You’ll ruin your relationship.

8. Don’t be rude

Being unkind doesn’t prove that you’re a strong man. On the contrary, it reveals your insecurities. People usually become mean when they feel endangered.

Being rude is hypocritical and insincere. A woman should never tolerate that kind of attitude in her life, so don’t be surprised if she chooses someone nicer.

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9. Don’t let her down

No matter how tough a person is, they still need someone who’ll be there on their worst days, someone who will encourage their wildest dreams and desired goals.

Be that person for your girlfriend. Sometimes she will just need to talk to you about the way she feels. Don’t let her down.

10. Don’t expect her to be your mother

You’re an adult man, and you need to do things on your own. Don’t act like a woman should care of your needs.

You can take care of yourself, and she knows that. Don’t be a kid.

11. Don’t use excuses

Ok, it happens to all of us. Sometimes we won’t be able to do something we should, and then we will use an excuse.

But be careful. Using excuses all the time, especially fake ones is something that will make your girlfriend mad. If you continue with a perpetual stream of apologies, be prepared to say your goodbyes.

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