Sympathetic Understanding

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The Unsympathetic Wife

Women who lack sympathetic understanding show it in a number of ways. If you are one of these you have most likely complained when your husband was late for dinner, went off to be alone, didnít measure up with the children, didnít get the yard work done, neglected repair jobs, was strict with the money, or put in long hours at work away from home. You have failed to take into account his long hours of labor in your behalf.


The Sympathetic Wife

Letís get a picture of the woman who understands her husband and his world of work. When he comes home grouchy she doesnít take it personally and tries to put into perspective his pressures in the work world. Her sympathy helps her to overlook his bad behavior. It he is late for dinnner, she realizes she is not the only one who would like to be sitting at the table with a hot meal. When he doesnít play with the children she realizes that they are not neglected since he has spent the entire day laboring for them. Instead of her husband coming home to nagging, complaining and more problems, he comes home to a haven of rest.

He is greeted at the door with a warm smile. The children do not jump on him and clamor for attention. A sympathetic wife may lead her husband to the bedroom or a favorite chair to get comfortable. She will even take off his shoes and fluff his pillows. She is working to protect him in the same way that he protects and shelters her.

She weighs the significance of repair jobs and remodeling to the heavy responsibility of earning the income. She also realizes he must regain some strength and peace of mind to be able to face the next strenuous day. Patience is a trait of the sympathetic wife.

Dinner out and social events may seem important to her since she has been home all day, but she understands if he would rather skip some of these diversions.

She does not pressure him for things they cannot afford. Her husbandís happiness comes before these items. She cooperates with his plans to save money. She stands behind him when he decides to invest money. She understands his desire to get ahead.

It is a challenging problem when the husband is away from home a great deal. Wives and children can feel neglected or unloved. It may appear to some that he is unconcerned for his family. The sympathetic wife does not see it this way. She comprehends his motives and sees they are out of concern and love for his family.

A woman with a sympathetic attittude will not feel neglected or put upon and neither will her children. Children tend to adopt the attitude of their mother. When she feels good about her husband and appreciates his efforts, they will, too. If she feels they are well taken care of and not neglected, they will, too. This fosters a healthy atmosphere in the home - one in which children can blossom. When a man is met with sympathetic understanding you can count on him being home whenever possible. This is the way to get him there, not by nagging or coercing.

There are times when a man will spend extra time away from home for a different reason. His time will be spent in sports activities, pleasures and pastimes, or with his buddies instead of working for the welfare of his family. It may seem in this case to be justified in feeling neglected. A sympathetic wife will not condemn her husband, but will look at herself for the answer to her problem. Has she had an unsympathetic attitude in the past that may have caused him to seek the company of others away from home? The only way to gain ground is to offer sympathetic understanding and hope he realizes his greatest pleasure in life is within his own four walls at home.


Special Situations

Some situations can really try your patience. Read these suggestions below for some ways to handle difficult situations.


Remember, a man is not looking for your advice, help or guidance, he is wanting your sympathy, comfort and a renewal of his confidence.

Donít miss your opportunities to show sympathetic understanding. A woman who can shine with a noble character, and render such support will find her husband loves her beyond what she ever dreamed.

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