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MY HUSBAND DOESNT PAY ATTENTION TO ME ;[ IS IT NORMAL?
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So, i just want to know.. is it normal for men to ignore you? I mean i do everything for my husband..i cook,clean,take care of our kids,please him sexually and im a pretty girl.Why wouldnt he pay attention to me? I hardly even put in time to me because im so busy trying to keep up on making HIM happy! Am i doing something wrong? Okay, so he wakes up,gets ready for work..from 8 to about 5-5:30 he works and then comes home and doesnt want to do anything but watch tv..it makes me so mad that i sit at home all day and do everything in my power to please him but when i want to spend time im like pushed to the side because he's "tired". What about how i feel? I understand that he worked and wants to relax but its a everyday thing..he just likes watching movies ALL THE TIME and im bored out of my mind always doing the same thing over and over! What can i do to get his attention?? I feel like im not good enough ;[ and it hurts to give everything and hardly be noticed for it. I really need help because i dont understand.
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hey you are a lovely wife.. but aint going to work here !! the fact you dont give yourself time and attention.. explains it all. Love yourself, giver yourself time, try new things, enjoy your life and dont depend on him for your happiness :-) call your friends, enjoy ur kids, watch chick flicks, take care of yourself, pamper yourself and you should be fine and happy!!! (P.S.: do all this when he is busy with his own things)
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Excuse me? He's not good enough!!! (but don't tell him that) This is actually a game, believe it or not. I bet when he comes home you attempt to be nice and be like "hey, look what I did for you while you were gone?" and then, if he doesn't respond in the way you want, you maybe..(?) start nagging a little? I don't want to assume that you do, but I'm trying to think of a reason he'd want to watch tv. Ok, could be stress at work or possible nagging wife (I'm not saying you are). My advice would be for you to go out and start living your life! Arrange to meet with a friend one night out of the week or join a Yoga class a couple nights a week. Keep yourself occupied just like your husband is. Also, don't succumb to his domineering. I'd actually be asking help with around the house if I were you. But, like I said, make yourself happy - he's knows what he's in for when he gets home as of right now, so switch up the routine! "Hey honey, I'm gonna go to the gym!" "Hey babe, Kelly and I are going to go watch a movie and have some drinks" and if he asks why tell him it's because it's something you want to do that makes you happy. Once he sees you can get by without being so dependent on his attention, he'll be the one looking for the attention from you! Try it out! Just take notice that this might not happen overnight (it usually takes awhile before men 'wake up' to new things.
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Wow I disagree with this advice, but hey, each to their own. There are MANY ways to solve the same problem(s), just like on a computer there are often five or six different ways to do the same thing(s). The old adage "there is more than one way to skin a cat(fish)" comes to mind...

What you suggest is essentially a negative, controlling behavior. It is selfish, potentially harmful to the relationship, and demonstrates negative feelings of "getting out" of the relationship for a while -i.e. implying that it is more important to be with your friends and think only about yourself than to improve your marriage... You may get some results by going out, and you *may* feel better about yourself for a while. Heck, you might even motivate your hubby to start questioning WTF is going on, etc etc... BUT the "game" you play is a dangerous one... And I GUARANTEE you that your actions of playing such a game consciously are potentially far more volatile than your hubby doing so unwittingly. (There is no way any loving man is going to consciously make you feel like crud unless he's a complete narcissist.)

I agree 100%% that the guy IS screwing up, but he may not even REALIZE it! (Yes, guys are sometimes that "dense" in the relationship area, but then again, women can be too -from a guy's perspective. That's why love takes WORK, the "labor of love".)

Anyhow, the point is, playing games is NEVER the answer.... Bad advice. PERIOD! I'll respond separately with the advice I was inclined to give after reading the original question... Don't want to mix it up in this comment here.

But PLEASE PLEASE no matter what, don't go playing games with your hubby's heart, or the results you get may NOT be what you were really looking for... And you may even find yourself becoming someone you are not happy with in the process. There are better ways to open someone's eyes, ways that involve positive changes and ways of thinking instead of negativity.
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Galaxy500 - I agree! and as time goes on you will see how happy LIVING makes you feel! This is preparing for the begininng of the new you!!
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You sound like an amazing wife. I'm sorry to hear you feel ignored :( everyone deserves to be loved and you are totally worth It. You need 2 tell him how u feel explain that you understand he's tired that your tired too raising children and keeping house is hard work! Try to meet him halfway maybe arrange a date night once every few weeks you need to be honest about how you feel trust me you are not alone! Also I think its time you start thinking about yourself you deserve to be happy and if your happy then it effects how u treat other people its not selfish to treat yourself sometimes it will make u an even better mom and wife
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im in the exact situation... i was kinda hoping the comments would reassure me that its completely normal , that all men would rather spend time with their tv then their lady. :( guess we're both in trouble
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Go stay with a friend for a week or so take the kids to someone u can trust and see how he likes coming home to an empty house
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There is a book called MEN ARE LIKE WAFFLES WOMEN ARE LIKE SPAGHETTI. I know silly name right, but it helped my marrage so much. My husband was not willing to read his part of the book WOMEN ARE LIKE SPAGHETTI, but I read my part. I leaned some eye opening things about my husband and applyed them. He soon took notice of the difference in me and asked about it so I gave him the book. He learned many thing about his wife (just to let you know he did not see the difference till 6mos later).I will let you in on a little of the book. The reason your husband dose not respond to you when he gets home is because he is still in his work box and needs time to climb into his home box. Men are like waffles they have little boxs and they need time to get from one box to the other. So when you jump on him the min he comes home it messes the transition up and thats when he just shuts down. Just like we have needs so do our husbands. Try giving him 30 min of silance when he comes home then approch him. I always give my husband a kiss say I missed you and leave him to get in his home box (going and getting him something to drink also helps). Never took the time to write on advice stuff online but am passonate about marrages. The book I talked about can be found on amazon bought mine used for 4 dollars, best 4 dollars I ever spent and got back more than that in return Thank you and I wish you the best.
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@: 2014me
This is the best advise and it actually works. Before getting my married about 2 months ago after a 4 year long distance relationship, we went to a free marriage counselling offered by our church by our elders and it is the best advise ever. My husband is always affectionate when getting home from work but giving him 30 minutes literally to crash down does work. Give him this amount of space and then just cater to his needs like prepare his meal/dinner, talk for a little bit and pray together. Believe me this works....
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Mojo is a doushe btw
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Go on a vacation with your husband. Preferably someplace without a tv. Get some cards, or some board games or some genuine groups thing to do. That might partially break the habit. They need to be relaxing though. He is tired.
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Discuss this with your husband. Be thankful and give him credit for everything that he does for the family. Show him that you understand his situation and express that you want to spend more time with him. No one is perfect, and most people can only hope for really good phases in their relationships. Try to exercise more patience. It's very normal to feel tired after work. At least he works hard for you too and comes home to you everyday at the same time. Some wives would kill for that kind of normalcy.
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Talk to him , find the reason be honest and tell what you feel
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All of this is too familiar. Tonight I feel upset because my husband ignores me and is so stubborn. Forever he has been playing fantasy football. When he does so, he talks to this guy pal incessantly. I am starting to feel jealous because he spends more time with his game and his friend online then me. I give him the alone time he wishes. I never bother him right when he gets home but after hours and hours of being ignored, I expect some kind of recognition. If I try to tell him how I feel he blows me off, gets angry and of course he yells and says mean things so we never get any where. Slowly, I've started to stop talking with him and the kids think he doesn't care at all about them because when he's not working, all he does is play that stupid game. He even takes his computer to work to play the game. We went through a period of when I didn't feel attractive to him about five years ago. He'd hit his 30's and stopped getting turned on by me. At least that is how I felt. Sex was difficult because he wouldn't stay hard long enough for us to have sex. He even said he couldn't feel me any more. I was devastated. I started figuring out that he would look at porn every day and get off on it and I just felt completely ugly. I wanted to feel pretty to a man and eventually I broke. I left for awhile. He asked me to come back and said things would be different. For awhile I thought we were so much better and we even communicated good. He really seemed to care. As he gets older he actually seems to be getting meaner. He just won't listen to me hardly at all now and I suppose he takes me for granted. I see his parents and how they have nothing to do with my kids unless it suits them and swear to God, he is just like them. I don't like the way he is...and when I married him he was so kind. I That was his baby. He actually cried when each baby was born and now he just ignores the kids. Now, his computer is his baby.
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try getting your hair done then stopping off at the dirty book store for a nice vibrator and then go home and give him something to notice.
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I am afraid that it happens to lots of women. There are so many things to say about that, that I'll give you the most concise advice I can. If you want something different, the only thing you can do is to vary your behavior, since if you keep doing what you are used to, you are going to go through the same kind of experience forever. I know it seems too simple and it is. I didn't say it is easy though. Give it a try.
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@: Dilbert
Several Swanson dinners and a night or two out with your girls might produce "some" results. Don't forget to return with an undesirable doggy bag to place on the kitchen counter.
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It is probably normal. My wife ignores me and says that when the women in the office talk they all want their husbands to not "bother" them so much. On the other hand I have friends who are upset and feel rejected that I do not have sex with them and tell them it is because I am married. There is a certtain irony here.
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Man, what is up with these clingy women!?! Has it ever occurred to you that maybe, just maybe! He is tired! Maybe he wants down-time... let him relax. Does he provide for your family? Does he pay for the groceries? I am a female myself, and I find it that when you give him his space, he comes to you and gives you attention. I am not the kind of person that is attention hungry like you seem to be. I may be wrong, but you sound find of needy and clingy and like you thirst for attention.

First thing, you have to be comfortable without the attention. Let him relax if you think about it, he is working about 9 to 9 and half hours daily. If he just wants to come home and watch TV, let him! I understand you do housework during that time, but he provides for the family. Give him the benefit of the doubt.

Second thing, please do not play games...... it's not attractive, makes it more complicated than it has to be.... most men aren't into head games... I knew one girl, she basically thought her husband didn't give her any attention, so she would lie to him and tell him she was going out with friends every night.... sometimes she would and sometimes she'd be by herself.... and you know what happened? Her husband divorced her for never being around. So please don't play head games. If you try everything in your power to please him, you aren't at fault... he is.
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And what if I as a wife who understands all he is going through and offer up gentle stress relieving massages and sexs to help him relax? No games. All of the benefit of doubt - no problem. Have talked to him but to no solid avail. Now what am I missing?
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There's this book called "The Dance of Anger" by a woman psychologist named Harriet Lerner and it was a New York Times best seller. I'm sharing this with you because I've been in the same boat you are right now. PLEASE PLEASE get it!!!
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and I thought I was long winded...
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must have a lot on his mind. distant in his head, maybe he can not connect with you emotionally or show effection im the same way unfortunately, its usuallly cus im preoccupied with a million other thoughts that consume me.. hope everything works out, you sound liek the perfect wife
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I'm in the same boat! :( thats how I found this site. I try not to let it bother me but after so long I have to let it out! So I'm try to calmly talk to him and tell him how I feel and he just doesn't understand! He thinks I'm being too needy and insecure. He's right, I am insecure NOW because of how dole our relationship has gotten! I'm craving pasion, and want. I want to be wanted for more then a good meal and a fresh pair of socks! I want him to get a little excited when he see me when he gets home from work! I want him to come up behind me when I'm cooking and wrap is arms around my waist and kiss my neck. No, and not saying I want it to turn x-rated in the kitchen (but that would be nice lol) I just want to FEEL like he really wants me, and he is really happy to have me in his life. Yes I understand feelings die down after the years, but why do I still crave those things? I DON"T GET IT! We'll talk about it, then he'll do good for a week, then its back to Mr.Couch potato falling asleep watching T.V. and didn't even touch me once. Aren't all men horn dogs? lol Why do I have to beg to "get some?" And I'm a pretty attractive female! And the fact that he doesn't want me that often makes me feel sooooooo insecure! I feel like im not good enough. I could walk around in my undies and most of the time he wont even notice. He's a good man, and I feel really bad about always having to bring up the same thing. I know it must suck for him too. Honestly, its just SUPER confusing! Sometimes I think he's only with me because we have a child. He says thats not the case, but to me actions speak louder then words.....Please, no one has really said if this is a normal guy thing???? Or am I just not "the one" for him? :/ He tells me that im being silly, and I have nothing to worry about, but honestly, that's not how I feel inside. I'd really like to hear the good advice SUPRA661 has to offer. She seems like she knows what she's talking about. I really just want him to show me a little more want and affection. HELP!
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I'm in the same boat to a t. It's so frustrating. I'm a mother of 4 boys. The baby is my biological son, the other three boys are from a previous relationship of which the mother is not present and hasn't been for over four years. It goes through waves but it never really gets any better and i just don't know how to change the pattern. I feel overworked and underappreciated!! I feel the same girl all i am is a hot meal and a clean pair of socks. And yeah he works hard but when he comes home at six he gets to unwind and relax, my day never ends!!!! I go go go until i collapse barely getting enough sleep to recover to do it again tomorrow. And the weekends don't get me started its even worse because no ones in school. And don't get me started on how frustrating it is to get the boys to help by cleaning up after themselves. Its a joke. And i feel like no matter how many times and how many different ways i say to my husband I'M TIRED, I'M NOT FEELING SUPPORTED, I NEED HELP, I NEED A BREAK, WHY DON'T YOU PAY ATTENTION TO ME, it's always just dismissed as nothing's wrong or I'm looked at like a crazy lady cause i am so frustrated and angry. I'm dead sexy, but since i just had a baby in not in the best of shape yet, but i know I'm not that fat or ugly in any way so what's the problem here!!! I feel nothing gets initiated unless i initiate and even then it's just not satisfying. I don't have any friends because i haven't lived in this state long and when i tried to meet women they were all fake. My husband and i were best friends for a few years before we got together and now i feel like we don't even have that and that was the best part. I'm just so frustrated and sick of feeling dismissed, alone, unappreciated, unwanted, unsexy, not supported, just unexsisting!! I'm going on strike. Make your own food, clean your own clothes, live in a filthy house, be boring and watch tv that's obviously what you want anyways. Ugh. I don't get it.
Its so hard too because i feel a real separation sometimes between him and his children and me and i don't know why. I don't want it to be that way. I love them as if they were mine, i consider them mine, but i feel they take his attitude towards things. I just feel ostricized sometimes and so insecure lately and its so so so not me. I'm a very confident, strong, independent women but lately I'm feeling so the opposite. I left my career to help raise his children instead of putting them in daycare and i got pregnant a year later and now i just feel trapped. I miss my best friend.
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This is to all the people who want to say that it is the fault of the "clingy" woman - you're wrong. My huband and I have been together 8 years, and married for 3. We have a 6 year old autistic son who needs 24/7 care at all times. My husband can not get a good job because of his background (before we met) which means he works all the time to provide money for our family. I completely understand that he works hard for a good reason, but I was the sole provider for our family for 4 1/2 years. When he was a stay-at-home dad he had the same feelings of loneliness and jealousy that I was never home, and when I was home I didn't make him feel appreciated. I realized that my family needed me to be just as aware at home as I was at work. I started cleaning more, cooking dinners more often, and giving him nights off from taking care of our sons nightly duties. But the tables have turned now and I decided to stay home with our son so that I could finish my degree, and so that he could get back out there to provide (like he wanted to). Now that I have been having feelings of loneliness and jealousy because he works so much and it seems like he is happier at work than at home I had to sit down with him and let him know how I felt. I told him that eventually if he didn't take a little more care of his families needs (paying attention to us) that we would start not caring when he was home. It would just turn into a scenario like...."great your home honey - love you. Food is on the stove and we are heading out because I planned something fun for us (my son and myself) to do. See you later" He noticed then how much it meant to me to have him include himself when he comes home, and he has really started "being home" when he comes home. So, in my opinion you just need to talk with your husband and be truthful. Don't yell or get too upset (because then you are just creating a fight) but communicate the reality of how things will play out if his actions don't change. It's not nagging - it's being honest. Hope this helps.
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I probably don't have the answer or even any good advice but I have some insight as a man. I'be been married to my wonderful wife for 10 years this month, she is an extremely loving person and great mother. Lately I have been in a similar situation as you that was opened my eyes and made me realize that women are indeed different than men in so many aspects. She has come to me on a couple occasions stating that she looks at other couples who hold hands, kiss in public, cuddle in bed, etc. etc. something that I have failed to do. This past month it has become even more apparent of her feelings. I have always been puzzled as I always work hard to make sure my family has what they need, anything she wants I work hard to make it happen, I have taken her on vacations, spend lots of money and provided the best I could... except with affection.. She advised me that she went to another man a couple years ago for attention but it only happened once, she didn't have sex with him and she felt bad about it, she will not however disclose any information on this guy as she thinks I will have something done to him. This has opened up my eyes to a whole new world and I now have a better understanding of what women are looking for, I have since given her affection, holding her in public, kisses, spending more time with her and she says I am doing a great job. You sound like a great wife and he probably does not realize what he is doing to you, same as me, I had NO idea. I love my wife dearly and would be lost without her. I hope your husband wakes up and see's the light. Good luck!
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I'm pretty much going through the same thing as you. My husband comes home everyday from work gives me a kiss, asks how's my day, I start to tell him, he then cuts me off when I'm trying to answer, then he goes on his computer until dinner is ready, done eating dinner he goes back on computer for 2-3 hours, then goes and take a shower, after he showers he goes back on computer and stats on it until 11pm or until 1am. Then says we need to go to bed kisses me on forehead, rolls over and falls asleep, next day same thing. This has been going on for years. I found out his been on chat site talking to a woman and tells her that I never pay him any attention and that I don't love him. Not true!

I have always wanted to spend quality time with him and he knows this, but he says I am too needy and very selfish. I am a good wife I do everything for him, to make him happy.

I also found out that he has taken photos of his private parts and has been sending it to other women on the internet. I also have found naked photos of women, he says he doesn't know how he got that. Yeah right.

He is also on sites trying to meet women and goes on pork sites as well.

I am in the process of leaving this loser who is a selfish, self absorbed, manipulative, attention seeking, psycho.

He fools everyone by letting them think that is a good guy, but he's not. He is a guy who abuses me mentally, emotionally and economically.

Men like him will never change.
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Hi, you don't know me nor I know you but your story is very similar to mine, I would love to have a friend who understand what I go through, and know i am not losing my mind feel free to write back at my email taniaartha@gmail.com.
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The biggest problem in this thread is that you are in search of an answer when what you need is the right question. If you ask the wrong question, it doesn't matter if you get the right or wrong answer because it is not going to help you.

My husband is xxx and never yyys and I want him to zzz. Is this normal?

It makes no difference in the world whether he is normal (whatever that means) or whether some guys are this way or whether 20% or 80% of guys are this way. You married ONE man who is the way he is because of his DNA and his upbringing. And he hasn't changed, because if you look back he was exactly like this when you married him. And BTW he didn't marry a ''normal' woman either.

It isn't about who is right, who is wrong, who has power (or none), who does the dishes or whether you are feeling pretty-respected-valued-etc. It is about - (drum roll) How can two people - who were both fine when they were single - learn to negotiate a lifelong journey as a couple where the entire family unit (incl. kids) will benefit and thrive.

After 42 years my wife and I are still working out a few details. I am right-brained logical and linear and she is left-brained creative, emotional and seemingly random. WE are BOTH forced to recognize and not only accept but value the differences. And believe me when we put our brains together and get going in the same direction on the same task we are unstoppable. We can accomplish anything. (Well, so far getting rich has escaped us, but being happy is much more rewarding.)

We both had all the same complaints and problems discussed in all the posts, but there is no solution, its a journey, just keep you eye on the prize. (P.S. the prize IS the journey).

It would have been easy to leave, walk out, find someone else but somehow we both knew we would just be taking our baggage to a new place. And yes, you both have baggage.

I wish you all well. There are lots of ways to get counseling, there are lots of great books out there and there is nothing wrong with asking for help.
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It was in your DNA to change. Most people won't. Like you said, most of us married these people this way, but now we've grown, got tired of it, etc. We were once giving people, but the giving has worn out. My advice to most of these people posting is - either except the way they are and work around it, or get out! Accept that we've become grown ups and these spouses have never grown up and are still self absorbed and narcissistic. Basically, what a child is.
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Has he always been like this? He sounds depressed to me.
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We are what we are. When you're first in love you don't see this in a person. It takes years. My daughter is married to the most wonderful, sensitive and caring man. He's been like this for years and has never changed. (he was 22 when I met him.) I'm sure he's got his bad points, but when you have someone like him, you're able to live with any of the bad points. I read somewhere, years ago, an article from a father giving advice to his daughter. He told her to make sure the man she married was a little more in love with her than she was with him. To me, anyway, this makes perfect sense. I've seen this in action in good marriages, including my daughter's. Since women are the more nurturing, needy, emotional beings, we need that extra edge when we marry someone to even things out. Otherwise, we become neurotic, edgy spouses, always focusing on how bad things are. You can see that most of the people posting here are women, with the occasional exception. I think we set the pace right from the beginning to create these spouses. Our need to procreate, be loved, etc. makes us the perfect setups for these marriages. Then, when all this dies down years later, we realize we didn't make a good choice. At my age (65), I've seen the results of many marriages. The good ones and the bad ones (more bad then good.) I've seen couples going to marriage counseling, and they all came out from that thinking their spouses had changed, only to go right back to what they were before. I don't think marriage counseling works unless there is one specific problem you're trying to deal with, not an entire personality. Otherwise, you would need the marriage counselor living with you to mediate your daily life. So, you either learn to live with what you've got and find your entertainment elsewhere (and no, that's not playing head games with someone, nor do I condone having an affair) or you move on, if that is possible Yes, you might be alone, but sometimes that can be better, because there will always be the new day and the new you and the new hopes and dreams. When you're married and living with someone and just existing that can be the loneliest existence ever. My husband has told me that he would be devastated if I left him, but he's not willing to change. So I think it's time for me to move on.
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Have you tried giving him a blowjob?
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All I can say is that guys hate mind games, just as you would hate it if he was playing mind games with you. This day & age you really depend on the though or hope that "if I ignore him a little, maybe it'll turn things around for the good"... maybe he'll think you are totally not into him & not wanting anything in the relationship anymore & then he'd leave you. I have some of the same problems in my relationship & I hate it that every time I get a thought in my head that something is completely wrong & maybe read too much into something, it back fires. I bring it up to him & he doesn't get 'mad' but almost annoyed because he isn't doing anything wrong & he feels that whatever he does for you it isn't good enough. I would just sit him down, tell him what's bother you & try to build your relationship from there. good luck :)
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SMH!!! it's not a mind game to try to do what is going to make you happy if your husband has determined that no matter how you have expressed to him that you have certain needs he ignores what you have communicated and continues to do the same thing year after year.

what some of you are not focusing on is the fact that most of these women are saying that they have ensured not to nag, given their husband space and done all to make him comfortable in order to receive the gift of love and affection.

If you have done all you can do and your husband is doing nothing to change then you must do different, yes go out with your girlfriends, dress to make yourself feel beautiful, join a group, give your time to what will make you happy and stop allowing yourself to remain miserable.

If you truly love your husband and if he TRULY love you and you have determined that you don't want to leave, then do what makes you happy.

I was in the same situation, however I have a career and it takes up a lot of my time, although I would still find time for my hubby just because I loved him so much and felt he was worth me putting the effort in to do so,but he did not feel the same and got annoyed when I said "hey don't you want to hold me or touch me or spend a little quality time with me" he would always say yes and tell all his friends how lucky he was to have me, but actions showed that he only wanted time with me as long as it didn't interfere with sports, work or his computer time.

Well I still love him but I gave up trying it's just not worth the frustration, so now I'm happy and when he ask me can we spend time I tell him I'll let him know if I'm not busy just as he did with me and I'm so much happier

So I still have my hubby, I get to go out whenever I want and trust me there are so many men out there that let me know how beautiful I'am that I no longer yearn for him to let me know that he feels that I'm beautiful inside and out or that he cherishes me as his wife, I just do what I want, just like him and I've stop caring about doing anything with him because I have so many other things to do as well as people to go out with and do all the things he wouldn't do.

He was quite happy just going to working coming home to a clean house a cooked meal washed clothes yard work done grocery shopping done and he would tell me that I was complaining whenever I asked for attention, I still do all those things but now my friends, going out and throwing myself into my career are priority just like they were for him and I feel complete at the moment.

and yes it has made me stop caring so much about him, but obviously it wasn't important enough for him to prevent that from happening ... so be it then.
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