10 Silly Little Things Wives Do That Drive Husbands Nuts

10 Silly Little Things Wives Do That Drive Husbands Nuts

They may not always talk about feelings, but husbands put up with more than they let on.


By Lorraine Allen

Apparently, women are much more verbal than men. Yup, we talk more. About everything. I think there are pros and cons to saying more versus less, but one thing is for sure: When people (in other words, men) talk less, those around them are less aware of what they think or feel. Women are really intuitive, I think, but we’re not mind readers, for the most part. Given all this, WHO KNEW that there are actually lots of things wives do that drive their husbands completely nuts, even though they don’t necessarily voice their frustrations?!

To shed some light on the inner grumblings of the husbands of this world, 10 of them share the silly little things that wives do that drive them bonkers -- without meaning to, naturally.

1. “Don't tell her I said this, but I can’t stand the mess in the house. I know she cleans up every day and in the evening a bit too. But since she’s home with the kids, and she IS a responsible adult, I really have no one but her to blame – internally -- for the complete constant chaos in our house when I get home every evening and wake up every day. And it drives me nuts!” -- B.J., dad of three, New York

2. “It’s her tone of voice when she’s frustrated or upset. She never used to talk like this, but since we’ve had kids, she’s often so -- I don’t know, grumpy. Angry maybe. I know it’s hard to have to repeat yourself a thousand times a day, but I still don’t like it.” -- A. N., dad of two, New Jersey

3. “I think her nail polish colors lately are the worst. I don’t know when gray or blue or green came into vogue, but I don’t like it. And I’m scared to tell her!” -- V.R., dad of two, Massachusetts

4. “My wife likes to wear heels whenever we go out to dinner or to friends’ [houses], but she can’t walk one block without stumbling, getting blisters, or something going wrong. I wish she would just wear sneakers or flat shoes.” -- G.L., dad of two, New York

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5. “She checks her phone constantly. It’s definitely like an addiction. I feel like I should stage a full-on family intervention.” -- M.D., dad of one, Connecticut

6. “She forgets her key in the front door. It scares me!” -- J.J., dad of three, New York

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7. “She can’t cook! Our dinners each night are seriously so bad. It makes my heart sink. I don’t know what the problem is. She uses cookbooks, at least sometimes. And she tries, I know she does. So I really can’t say anything. But it’s a huge bummer.” -- L.N., dad of two, New Jersey

8. “Her music preferences. I used to think it was cute and funny how she had such bad taste. Now, it’s getting pretty old and annoying!” -- R.D., dad of two, South Carolina

9. “She never gets up with the kids on weekends. Or makes breakfast! I’m exhausted too, by the way!” -- S.A., dad of two, California

10. “She can never find her wallet or keys when we need to get out the door. It’s insane. It’s not that hard to keep track of those two crucial items! She even has a spot she ‘keeps’ them in by the front door and still can’t find them, because they are never there, or buried, or already in her coat pocket or the bottom of some bag.” -- B.C., dad of three, Connecticut

What silly things do you do that drive your husband nuts?


Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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I don't think it is silly that a man would want a clean house when he comes home. I think it is an ideal thing for him to expect. He works hard so I think he should have a nice environment to come home to. Just my opinion.

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