I don’t want to be a nag. Honestly, I don’t.
There seems to be some misunderstanding among the male gender that women love to nag — that somehow we thrive off repeating ourselves and harping on one little thing until it gets done. Men think this is enjoyable to us.
Wrong. We nag because we have to. Yes, that’s right, we nag because we care.
I came to this realization during a recent night out with some of my closest girlfriends. As usual, our conversation came round to the husbands. And by far the thing that drives us the craziest is that we feel like sometimes our husbands want mothers, not wives. And the reason we have to fill the nagging role is because if we don’t, nothing gets done. Kids don’t get fed, clothes don’t get cleaned and fire alarm batteries don’t get changed.
It’s not that our husbands are bad or careless or don’t love us. It’s simply that men don’t notice these things. They don’t notice that it’s 3 p.m. and no one has had lunch. No clean underwear? No problem, just fish out the least dirty pair from the hamper. And that loud beeping coming from the fire alarm with the dying battery? Let’s just move that into the garage so the beeping is less annoying.
I’m serious. That is actually a standoff in our house right now. We ignore the beeping from the garage until it randomly wakes us up in the middle of the night. I’m not proud of this, but I’m also not changing those batteries.
The conclusion my friends and I came to is that men force their wives to nag. The only other choice we have is to simply do everything ourselves.
So help me out here. Wives, why do you nag your husbands? And to you guys out there, why do you make us be the nag?
(Disclaimer: My husband read and approved of this blog – no nagging required.)
Erin Stewart is a regular blogger for Deseret News. From stretch marks to the latest news for moms, Stewart discusses it all while her 4-year-old daughter crams Mr. Potato Head pieces in her little sister’s nose.