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Email of the Day: A Formerly Nagging Wife

By Dr. Laura on July, 7 2021
Email of the Day: A Formerly Nagging Wife

I used to be a nagging wife. I gave my husband hell – “take out the trash,” “mow the lawn,” “put your shoes outside—they smell,” “Go to the store. Here’s the list, and don’t be gone too long!” At night, when he’d reach for me, I would push his hands away, telling him I was very tired and needed my sleep or it had been a busy day. We were both unhappy, so I thought we were headed for divorce.


Then I heard you on the radio saying “Choose wisely and treat kindly. The wife has all the power.” As I listened to your words, I laughed. But then I cried. I thought it was worth a try, but that’s when I realized that “try” was a loaded word. I revised my thinking into the statement that “it’s worth doing.”


I began to meet my husband at the door with a kiss and asked him how his day was. He gave me a frightened look like he wanted to run away. I started to hug him every chance I could. When the children were fast asleep, I’d rock his world.


Our life has changed so very much since then. Each day, our love feels new and we are now both very happy. I owe you a big thank you!



A Formerly Nagging Wife



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