One of my most recent pieces on Mom.me exposed to the world how semi-psycho I am with b!tchy mind games to try and get my husband to help more around the house. Do I really do those things? I’ll never tell. They are pretty brutal. Especially #3… oh, #3 you are my secret weapon that really hurts when used properly…
But there’s something more to those mind games… something valid behind them (as mentally unstable as they may seem):
I sometimes feel absolutely underappreciated. Constantly. Consistently.
You too? Ah! Misery loves company. Welcome. Let’s enjoy ourselves.
I don’t often feel underappreciated by my kids — oh no, my kids actually say Thank You Mommy. (Because I’ve taught them to, I guess…) It’s others…
I suppose many/most/all spouses forget to make their appreciation known? Yours too? You’d better say yours too or else I might scream and kick you off this site right now.
So Dads, here’s a tip. A trick. A one-word magic wand that will instantly turn you into a stud at home no matter what your wife’s mood might be. Repeat after me:
Hey babe: THANKS. I forgot to tell you something: THANKS. Oh wait, you know what: THANKS.
You don’t even have to say anything else besides that. We know what you’re talking about. (See? One word!)
And if you feel like taking things over the top, try saying THANK YOU. (A whole two words.)
It’s not that hard. I promise. Did you forget the power of that word in the fast-moving scheme of modern life? I can teach you how to say it again if you need. (Forgive my snark here. As I just wrote about on Today Show, I’m freakin’ tired. And as that article points out, being tired is basically the same as being drunk.)
It takes A LOT for me to complain, people. This post is a major fail here on the TheFabMom. (That’s not what TheFabMom is about.)
So, saying THANKS = Suddenly Becoming A Stud and Eradicating Your Wife’s Bad Mood. There. Snap.
You’re welcome. Spread the word. Save a marriage.