Heads up, Men! Your wives need you.
It's been a long day at work, and you can't wait to get home to your wife and kids.
You're wishing you could go back to the weekend because you want to bottle all the fun things you did ——you had man-night, you enjoyed time playing with the kids and you even had time to get a baby-sitter and go out on a date.
You come into the house and you're greeted with excitement by your children. After you give each child a big hug, you notice that someone is missing, your wife.
You don't give it much a thought because sometimes she didn't always come to the door because she might be getting dinner ready, doing something for work, or working on a project with the kids. You do sense something is a little off because as you recall during the day that your text conversations were pretty short, which is not normal since it's the best way you communicate during work hours.
A. As the evening goes by, you still haven't received any love. What should you do?
B. Leave it alone, figuring if she was mad about something she would just bring it up.
C. Ask her about, but be ready with a good defense, just in case she tries to blame you for something.
D. Ask her a few questions about her feelings. If she answers you, then you can talk about it. If not, then you won't.
E. None of the Above
I hope you picked E and I am sure you wife hopes so too. If you did pick A,B,C, or D, you may be wondering what's the big deal.
That's how I've handled our conflict in the past and it has worked okay. We're still happily married. Let's step back a little and think about it. By using this mode of operation did you get any closer to understanding the inner workings of your wife.
I could venture a guess and say NO.
Women often feel insecure about the relationship and it doesn't take much to trigger an episode that leads to conflict. A recent argument, could trigger something that happened years ago.
For years we've heard the mantra Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus — that gives us the license to not engage our spouses to truly our wife's feelings.
We take the opportunity to either withdraw, or come up with a defense which only makes things worse.
The thing is, we as husbands are missing out on a golden opportunity to really learn and understand our wife and reassure them that she is the most person in our life.
According to Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn, author of For Men Only, state from their research that when women acted in a way that seemed random, out of proportion, or completely nonsensical there was a reason for it.
If we operate from this premise, then there are four possible reasons that could help you crack the code to a better understanding.
1. It IS your fault
I know we never truly want to admit it (me included), but there are times when we mess up. And when we do get a sense that we have done something wrong, we will make a weak attempt to find out.
If our wife doesn't take the time to tell us, we will leave it alone. This is where you can reassure she is important to you by gently pursuing the truth. She may provide a deeper answer that you even realize.
2. It may not even be you at all, but HER
As men, we never get the chance to get into the deep crevices of our wife's thoughts and insecurities. Why? Because as soon as we here, "I'm mad a you,husband, because..." we instinctively provide our defense and excuses.
Our wives' know this, so they have learned to know even go there. They may turn to a girlfriend or a trusted advisor for support, but that's not who they want to talk to.
In order for you to get to the answer, you'll have to take it on the chin a little. Acknowledge what you know to be true that you have done something wrong and you want to understand what it is. This will help you get to the root of the issue.
3. It may not be your fault, but her current situation
Your wife may be the most upbeat, energetic person you know. Even she has her bad days.
When you come home after a horrible day at work, what are you looking for from your wife?
You're looking for a kiss, a hug and words of encouragement that everything is going to be okay. You're wife is looking for the same thing. She wants reassurance that everything will be okay.
4. It may not be your fault, but she may be hormonal
There may be a rare occasion that your wife gets mad at you, and you have done nothing wrong. It still won't hurt to ask questions to find out. In the end, if you take the time to find out, your wife will appreciate you for caring enough understand how she thinks.
If you're having trouble understanding and connecting with you wife, please have him contact Coach Keith for a free rap session. He will give him the tools to better understand where you are coming from. I can be reached here, email@example.com.