Lady friends - get this book: The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Dr. Laura puts it to us straight and tells us exactly what we need to hear regarding our marriages and husbands. The entire book is excellent, but I have a love/hate relationship with chapter 6, so I thought I'd share.
It's the inevitable sex chapter, but before Dr. Laura tells us what we need to know about our husbands' needs, she discusses the "frump syndrome". This disease is frequently contracted by married women, especially after children.
I'll list the symptoms so you can determine if you have contracted this ailment:
-wearing flannel socks & pj's or sweats & oversized t-shirts to bed
-not shaving legs or grooming nails
-not washing or styling hair
-not wearing make-up for your husband
-using the toilet with him in the room
-not wearing perfume
-not wearing cute, sexy clothes around the house
-(gaining huge amounts of weight)
She says that this condition is worrisome because women "embrace the notion that once they are married, they are entitled to be loved, adored, protected, romanced, and provided for without any effort on their part to create the (right) environment." I'm nervous. I have a few of the symptoms. I DO NOT want it to turn into the full blown disease.
Dr. Laura says that what attracts men to women is their femininity (so then why do we lose that once we are married?). She also says that "the unwillingness to accept responsibility for the upkeep of one's physical or emotional well-being should be met with consternation (shock, confusion) by a spouse because it's an assault on the marital covenant." (Wow.) And she goes on to say that the way that women take care of and present themselves expresses the love that their husbands need. She is serious about this issue of caring for our selves and our bodies.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, ladies. She gets into our business without apology! She is pro-marriage, pro-husbands, pro-families all the way. She is not a Christian, but her principles are straight from the Bible. If you are looking to improve your marriage, and want new ways to show your husband how much you adore him, get this book. He will l-o-v-e you for it! And you can thank me later.
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