When it comes to giving their husbands relationship advice, most women take the stay-silent-and-bear-it route, afraid of turning into a younger version of their nagging mother-in-laws. But that doesn't mean they don't have a piece of advice — or 10! — they'd give their husbands given the nagging-free chance. Here, four wives get real about the relationship advice their husbands need to hear.
"Doing chores is sexy," says one wife. "The most attractive thing you can do is clean. Because those floors don't vacuum themselves, the dishes don't wash themselves, and the laundry doesn't fold itself. If you take those burdens off your wife, she'll have more energy for other, sexier activities — and she'll be so turned on she'll actually want to have sex."
"Little gestures melt our hearts," says another woman. "A lot of husbands I know, including my own, think that they have to go big or go home. For example, they tell themselves can't pick up a single rose because a full bouquet would be better and they don't have the money to splurge on a dozen. But the reality is, a single rose is just as good. Just make the gesture — it really doesn't matter how big it is."
"We need touches that don't lead to sex," says another wife. "Of course we also want sex, but we need cuddles, shoulder rubs, and forehead kisses just as much. Don't skimp on the non-sexy stuff!"
"When a woman says she needs time to think, give her space, stat," says another. "Because if you push her, you're just asking for a big fight. Women sometimes need a little time to calm down and think things over before they can come back to a conversation, and if you can give it to her, you'll both be happier."