11 Things A Good Boyfriend Would Never Ask You To Do (Like, Ever)

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11 Things A Good Boyfriend Would Never Ask You To Do (Like, Ever)

We've all been in relationships where, at times, we've felt more like a mom or a secretary than a significant other. We fall into these weird roles while dating, taking responsibility for things that we never would've imagined when we first met that cute guy at the bar.

Going on a date with a sweet, oblivious doofus might sound adorable... until you find yourself reminding your boyfriend to pay his phone bill four times a month and telling him exactly what to buy you for your 6-month anniversary.

While we understand that healthy relationships require compromises, for men who don't understand how to be a good boyfriend, that's where things get challenging. That's why we've compiled a list of favors that good boyfriends know better than to consistently request (if they want things to last).

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If you're constantly taking on any of the items on this list (especially with any hint of resentment), it's time to get your guy to lend a hand.

1. His laundry

Pairing your socks isn't exactly our idea of a stay-at-home date nor does living with you make us a 1950s housewife. A good compromise is for one partner to sort and start the laundry and the other to fold and put it away.

Plus, studies show that helping around the house increases a man's chances of getting laid. So, how about that pile of dishes? If you clean up the sink while we tackle the living room, we'll get to the bedroom twice as fast. 

2. Buying gifts and cards for other people on his behalf

We'll help when we're out with you, but no, we won't make a pit stop at Hallmark and Laura Ashley while we're shopping with the girls. Just because we're women doesn't mean we're automatically adept at figuring out your Aunt Martha's dress size.

3. Planning an entire vacation without his help

When we ask you whether you'd rather spend our anniversary in Cabo or Vermont, we want you to express an actual preference, not to say, "Whatever, I'm happy with what makes you happy." The same goes for the hotel, the airline, and the restaurant reservations.

Letting us take the reins isn't considerate, it's just lazy and boring. Instead, make sure to divvy up the planning. We pick the location and hotel; you plan the activities.

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4. Making him a sandwich

The refrigerator is 10 feet away and your game control has a pause button, so get up, stretch, and slap that ham and lettuce together by yourself. We don't care if you're "in the zone," because apparently, you were out of it long enough to articulate your immediate need for a nibble.

Maybe we'll consider it if you agree to break from the game for 20 minutes, put on some coffee, and enjoy your afternoon snack with us. 

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5. Changing your relationship status on Facebook

We believe our life outside of the Internet should speak for itself.

On the off-chance that we break up, wouldn't you rather tell your close friends in person, rather than have that ever-present broken heart appear on 500 people's newsfeeds? Well, we would, so don’t even ask us to include our relationship status on Facebook in the first place. 

6. Being his wake-up call

Really, buy an alarm clock. Remembering a man's nap and wake-up schedule should be an occasional favor, not an everyday obligation.

7. Taking care of his drunk friends

We'll help them hail cabs or drive them home, but our couch really shouldn't be a post-happy hour crash pad. 

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8. Hanging out with his ex

Some women like befriending the ex and others just want to satisfy their curiosity about her. But don't pressure the ones who would rather keep a distance. 

9. Keeping up with his favorite shows

How would you like it if we made you religiously watch The Bachelor? Instead, let's pick a show we both like and make sure we follow it together.

10. Losing weight

We'll tone up for health purposes and for ourselves, but if you're really concerned about the 5 pounds we gained over the holidays, don't flat-out complain that we're getting flabby.

Instead, invite us to go biking with you or to take a yoga class together. Treat exercise as a fun activity we can do together, instead of something we should do just for you. 

11. Keeping your hair long

Trust us, short hair is cute, fun, and just as feminine as back-length hair. Just look at Halle Berry, Audrey Tautou, and Keira Knightley, circa 2005. It's not as if we're going to shave it off or sport one of Rihanna's hairstyles, but even if we did, we hope you'd find us just as attractive. 

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Denise Ngo is a freelance web writer/editor who specializes in love, dating, and relationships. Follow her on Twitter.

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