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Email of the Day: You Gave Me a Marital Karate Kick

By Dr. Laura on February, 22 2021
Email of the Day: You Gave Me a Marital Karate Kick

My husband and I were in a rut and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I realized that I fell into bad habits after our fourth child was born. I felt entitled and was overall just mean! Your book “The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands” snapped me out of it.

 

My husband works full-time, and I stay home and homeschool all the kids. Before your marital karate kick, I resented making breakfast for him before work and rolled my eyes at making a lunch for him. I kept thinking “get up earlier and take care of yourself. I’m not your mother!” Your book reminded me that these actions done with a smile are a way to SHOW my love for him. I also fell into the horrible habit of complaining about the house and motherly duties I did every day and especially on the weekends while he sat on the couch and relaxed.

 

I now ask for help kindly if I need it, or just do the work with a smile and thankful disposition, and I’ve seen a change in us as individuals that has positively impacted our marriage. We were watching TV the other night when a commercial for a cleaning product came on. It said that 65% of household chores were done by one person. That surprised my husband, but I looked at him and said “Yes, it’s true, but 100% of our income comes from one person, so I think it’s a fair trade-off.” He gave me the biggest smile, and we just cuddled.

 

Thank you for snapping me out of really destructive habits and helping me find love and thankfulness in my blessings.

 

Kale

You Gave Me a Marital Karate Kick

 

 

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