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Old 06-28-2011, 07:48 AM   #11
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Here is one I finally took to heart. This is from my own experiences....


Never, never, never lie to your wife. You will soon forget the details of your lie....even the small innocent ones. But, if you slip up 20 years later.....you're toast.
Spot on. Women remember everything.

When I do something wrong, or something she won't like, I admit it and cut my losses.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:50 AM   #12
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Dooooood, women DO remember everything, it's insane.
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Spot on. Women remember everything.

When I do something wrong, or something she won't like, I admit it and cut my losses.
This is a good philosophy for life in general.
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Ah, lessons learned from being married.


"I need to talk to you/We need to talk about something/Can I talk to you about something" is a signal to turn off the TV, close the laptop, spin the chair around and look her in the eye.

Your real or apparent undivided attention goes a long way at these moments.
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Male directions:

Take the A4, go through the lights, take the 4th right and you're there.

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Go over the big roundabout and and past the pink house with the nice curtains. Go through the lights, straight for a while and the turn right by the big tree.

Funny and true.

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Mrs Squatter is so bad with directions - whenever she has somewhere to go that she has never been to before, irregardless of the distance from home, I have to do at least 2 test runs in my car prior to her driving there so she can "learn" the way to the destination.

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Ah, lessons learned from being married.


"I need to talk to you/We need to talk about something/Can I talk to you about something" is a signal to turn off the TV, close the laptop, spin the chair around and look her in the eye.

Your real or apparent undivided attention goes a long way at these moments.
Great advice.

I was actually thinking about the impact of TV last night in a different way...
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:51 AM   #17
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June 29th, 2011

Turn off the TV twice a week.


On your death bed you won't remember who won some random game back in 2011, nor who got booted off the island. But you will probably wish you had spent more time with your wife and kids.

Once a week turn off the TV and do something with your wife. Talk. Walk. Play a game. Bake cookies. Whatever...

Once a week turn off the TV and have a fun day with the kids. Go outside and play tag. Stay indoors and play a game. Teach them a new skill - how to cook, use a screwdriver, whatever.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:30 AM   #18
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June 30th, 2011

Never let a woman help you with a man project.


Changing the oil? Assembling a piece of furniture? Moving an old laundry dryer? I don't care how much she wants to help, say no!

Man projects always go wrong, and swearing and throwing tools are part of the man ritual. Women become easily terrified of the man-transformation into this other beastly creature, and will only serve to agitate you with:

"Why do you act like that? It's childish!"

"If you would have just let me help this would have been over with already!"

"Stop it you're scaring the kids!"

When we enter into this other being, we tend to lose our minds and respond with "the eyebrow", "the look", more swearing, or even telling the wife in a harsh voice "get lost and leave me alone."

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Turn off the TV twice a week.


On your death bed you won't remember who won some random game back in 2011, nor who got booted off the island. But you will probably wish you had spent more time with your wife and kids.

Once a week turn off the TV and do something with your wife. Talk. Walk. Play a game. Bake cookies. Whatever...

Once a week turn off the TV and have a fun day with the kids. Go outside and play tag. Stay indoors and play a game. Teach them a new skill - how to cook, use a screwdriver, whatever.
Agreed. You can also find those rare TV shows that you can both enough.

My Ex and I considered the Sopranos to be like a date/movie night. Kids were in bed and we sat up and watched it together intensely.

I always play board and card games with the kids (And an occasional video game when they let me--they are territorial about their rankings and what not these days). My son enjoys watching pro football or basketball games with me and I will watch Idol or So You Think You Can Dance with my daughter (And sometimes her friends). My daughter will also watch football with us for a bit each Sunday during the season.

I like to monitor what they see, so I have even sat through an hour of Nick with them. My daughter is also at a point where she has seen Degrasse and watches MTV so we are constantly talking and debriefing regarding TV and life. It's a good time.

I've even dared to take my daughter and a few of her friends to the mall.

This stuff goes a long way.

I've tried to teach them that there isn't a such thing as manly or womanly TV, per say. It's all the same. Watch what you like without feeling bad as long as it is age appropriate. WWE Raw is a male soap opera. Garage Mahaal is the same as Extreme Home Make Over. Etc.
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My wife really enjoys when I watch singing shows with her so I do. I can't handle dancing shows though. So I have set some limits.
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