Avoiding Infidelity: 15 Ways to Prevent an Affair

If You Are Worried That Your Mate Might Feel Tempted:

  • Don't share your mate. It's fine to lend a hand to a deserving friend, but since four hands are even better, why don't you go along?
  • Don't sulk at home. If evening entertaining or cocktails is part of your partner's business, make it part of yours, too.
  • Keep up with your mate's business and other interests.
  • Ask what new sexual techniques your partner would like to try, and tell him or her your secret desires.
  • Plan frequent outings without the kids. Try activities you know the other person likes.
  • When you are apart, communicate meaningfully. Don't limit yourself to perfunctory phone calls. Talk at least 10 minutes a day.
  • If he or she is going to be on the road for a long time, tuck a tape of your voice reading their favorite books or poems into their luggage.
  • Make sure your mate has a current, flattering picture of you for the office, and maybe some fun snapshots, too.
  • If you're hearing more than you care to about some colleague, invite the person along to a dinner or party so you can check out the competition firsthand.
  • When you do meet potential rivals, establish your turf. Dress up. Be affectionate -- put your arm around your mate. Make some inside jokes or refer to some times you've shared together.
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