Okay-we get it. No matter how much you love your guy, there are always going to be things about him that drive you nuts. But trying to, uh, tweak him can get tricky. Enter the guys at ModernMan.com-they swear these subtle moves will fix his issues.
By Korin Miller
He Has a Crappy Hairdo
Odds are, he doesn’t even know it. Buy him a gift certificate to a nice barber shop-the kind that gives shaves, etc. It doesn’t need to be super high-end, but chances are he’ll get a much better cut there and appreciate the ambience. Then compliment the hell out of the haircut.
He Burps and Farts In Front of You
You should be completely upfront with him on this one: Tell him that if he’s going to treat you like one of his buddies, you’re going to sleep with him as often as one of his buddies will. That should shut that down really fast.
He Dresses Like a Hobo
Every man has that ripped tee he’s obsessed with, but if he has a closet full of them, create occasions that will make him dress up a little more (dinner at a nice restaurant, a cocktail party that you host, etc.). Take him shopping beforehand and rave about how hot he looks.
He’s Glued to the TV on Game Day
If there’s something you want to do instead-like, if it’s not just a matter of you being annoyed by it-then talk to him and ask what game(s) he actually really needs to watch. (There’s probably really only one.) Compromise from there-you’ll watch the game with him if he’ll hit up the concert in the park with you, or whatever.
He Leaves His Dishes in the Sink
Guys like to have purpose. So make a formal division of labor around the house. He does dishes, you do something else. (You can even point out that guys are happier when they do chores… .)
He Gives You Beard Burn
Tell him that while you respect his right to scruff, it scratches, it itches, it reminds you of your dad, etc. Tell him it’s not him, it’s his beard, so he won’t be hurt.
He Forgets Important Occasions
Yeah, it sucks, but if you know he’s forgetful, you have to remind him of a big date like an anniversary beforehand. As long as you’re not testy about it, he’ll be grateful you did.
He Insists on Playing DJ in the Car
Make a rule: Whoever drives and/or pays for gas gets to control the radio most of the time.
He’s Vague About Things
If your man is wishy-washy on when he’ll call (“later”) or when he’ll be over (“sometime tonight”), don’t wait around for him. Schedule your own things and if they conflict with “later” gently tell him you weren’t sure when you’d see him, so you made your own plans. He’ll figure it out.
He’s a Bad Gift-Giver
Just like remembering occasions, you have to be explicit. Let him know what you want. You don’t have to say “Buy me this!” but you also can’t leave a catalogue open with a photo of that thing you want, because he won’t get the hint. Talk about it or bring it up offhandedly.