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My wife is now a Korean Character



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I’m sharing this story because I think my wife has gone insane! We’ve been married for three years and we have a baby boy. We dated all through school so after we were done, we didn’t see the need to waste time in settling down. My siblings and I are into farming. My wife works as a receptionist in a company. We’re just a young couple trying to build our lives. Every relationship or marriage comes with some friction and misunderstanding. We know that’s normal and part of the journey. But when your wife is so obsessed with fictional characters in the series she has been following to the point of comparing those characters to you, then you know there is a problem.

The funny thing is, my wife wasn’t even following Korean series until a year ago. One of her friends started suggesting the shows to her. It was initially Mexican soap, but that one was even occasional. Last year, ‘her eyes were opened’ the Korean series and since then I have not had any peace of mind. I read about my brother whose pregnant wife was complaining that football is destroying their marriage. I was even laughing when I was reading that story because in my case, my wife has taken over the TV at home. When I come home, I can’t watch what I want to watch. It’s football season too. If I go out to a pub to watch it too, she will say I’m acting irresponsible and ‘………’ will not do that if he was her husband, thus referring to a character in a Korean series.

My wife follows them like it’s a religion and at this point, I feel like I’m competing with the perfection they portray on the screens for her to see. On Saturday mornings, I go and play football and I leave my boots and jersey on the porch for a while because of the sweat. My wife complains that I should stop playing football on Saturdays and I should sit with her so we can both watch Korean series and in her own words ‘learn from the men’. The first time she told me this, I asked her what she meant by I should ‘learn’ from them. It wasn’t even a joke anymore. I asked her if knew these things are all fake and that men are not perfect in real life. She said movies and TV shows are portrayed to help us emulate what they do so we can improve our lives. I get her point in regard to the moral lessons and all that. But I’m not going to copy a character to make her feel good.

The Saturday football became a serious argument between us to the point where she told me she hates it when I come home all sweaty. So now, when I return, I hang the jersey on the drying line far from our door and wash it myself because she has refused to wash them even when she is washing her clothes. Another thing too is that I can cook rice and some basic stews, but I can’t cook soups although I have tried. My wife has been insulting me with that when we argue. She told me I’m ‘useless’ when it comes to house chores and all I know is to go to the farm and work. One time I told her we can cook groundnut soup together and she asked me if I was now coming to learn this at my age. Sometimes I wonder if she is in love with me. When I try to touch her in bed, she’ll say African men don’t make s*x nice at all and this person (referring to a character in a Korean series) knows how to get his girl in the mood.

I have gone as far as asking her what she likes in bed so I do it for her, but she just looks at me and says nothing. We were s*xually active when we were dating and she never complained at that time, so I don’t know what she has seen in the movies that are making her behave like this. I have dated her for years. She really wasn’t like this. No one is perfect and the only issue I had with her when we were dating was that she easily gets disgusted at minor things. For example, when I’m brushing my teeth, she doesn’t come near because she hates to see the site of phlegms and saliva even though we do that in a sink. My own wife waits for me to finish brushing my teeth before she comes to bathe because it’s in the same room and she hates the sound I make when I brush. There are a lot of things that I’m now discovering about her that is so surprising that I’m wondering if we can sustain this marriage till death do us part.

I’m 28 and she’s 26. I’m trying hard to be the man and be patient with her but everyone has a limit and she’s just pushing me to mine. I’m not claiming to be perfect or anything. I have my faults, but the way she even communicates my faults to me is so painful. She once threw my boxer shorts away because she said it smelled and she didn’t want to wash it. My boxer smell is understandable because I wore it to play football in the morning when I hadn’t taken my bath yet. I removed it when I returned from the field before taking my bath. But putting it in the bin because you claim you can’t wash it is too much of an overreaction. If you can’t wash it, tell me so that I can wash my own thing. Are all women this petty and disgusted by us men? Sometimes I just wonder. How can I match up to fictional characters that are perfect? I don’t know what to do to please my wife. She has a problem with everything I do and if I say I will give more examples, I will not finish writing, so let me end here and ask for your advice.

Source: Anonymous confession

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How to start a new relationship: 6 tips to make it work this year



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Starting a new relationship can be quite tricky yet exciting at the same time.

You will be excited at the prospect of someone loving you and caring for you, taking time for you.

The start of a relationship might probably be the best time of your life as you are starting a new relationship. However, as excited as you might be, it is crucial to know what to do in a new relationship and what not to do in a new relationship.

How to make it work

If you understand the dos and don’ts of new relationships, it will be easier for you to move forward and form a healthy relationship with your partner.

It would help if you respected each other’s independence and choices. Although it is alright to keep in touch, be aware of each other’s whereabouts, and communicate, continuously pinging each other can also suffocate at times.

It is just that how to start a relationship can be quite complicated and tricky and requires lots of effort. Once you get used to it and know about your partner, it is easier to form a healthy relationship.

Dos and don’ts for a new relationship can help you stop second-guessing yourself. It gives you a vague blueprint about what needs to be done, and it can enhance your bond further.

  • Have realistic expectations

For a relationship to work, it is essential to be emotionally and mentally strong. You also have to be compromising and understanding. It’s not necessary that what you want in a relationship is the same as what your partner wants. So, be realistic about situations.

You can both have different thoughts and opinions, like how often you should text in a new relationship. While one person could enjoy the attention, the other appreciates space. So, it is crucial to find a middle ground.

  • Show love and affection to your partner

You might have made a new boyfriend. And now you must be thinking about starting a new relationship with a man you’ve just developed feelings for. 

You must first remember to show love and affection to your partner to strengthen the bond between you both. You must give attention and time to your partner and make eye contact with him.

  • Don’t start talking about the future prematurely

When you start a new relationship, bombarding your partner with questions and plans for the future is not how relationships work. There is a big chance that you can put your partner off.

Every relationship requires time, and you cannot imagine your boyfriend being head over heels from day one. 

You should remember that you are new to this and just starting a relationship. It is okay to be on cloud nine. However, if the question, “How to have a good relationship?” lingers in your mind, you must know that it’s all about taking things slow, one thing at a time. 

  • Don’t mention fears prematurely

At the beginning of a relationship, you and your partner are still getting comfortable with each other. Therefore, one of the crucial new relationship dos and don’ts include not mentioning your fears prematurely. 

Allow your partner the chance to discover your fears and limitations gradually. Mentioning things at the get-go can make them feel intimidated and overwhelmed. 

You can mention your fears when they become relevant to the equation you share with them. 

  • Enjoy moments

One of the big dos and don’ts in a new relationship is enjoying the present moment. 

Don’t let your past experiences and concerns about the future take away the sheen of the exciting present you are sharing with your partner. 

The best part of a new relationship is often the excitement and fun that you can have with someone. The chemistry between you two should be your focus, not the stress and anxiety about the past and present. 

  • Communicate effectively

Entering a new relationship can seem daunting as it often involves opening up to someone and sharing your life with them. However, this can be a cakewalk if you let clear communication guide you through this process. 

Treat effective communication as one of the most important dos and don’ts in a new relationship. It can make or break a relationship depending on whether you do it honestly, respectfully and openly.

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5 healthy boundaries every relationship needs this season



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Every relationship needs healthy boundaries.

Topics such as the boundaries you wish to have can save you from heartbreak down the road.

These are simple dos and donts that you expect your partner to abide by. They could be as simple as how you expect them to communicate to whether or not your relationship is exclusive.

Setting boundaries can determine the success or failure of your relationship.

Even as you enjoy the butterflies that materialize in your stomach at the sight of your new partner, consider talking about the following:

  • Communication style

This is very important information to give your partner. Tell them whether you like them to call or text, how often you need to hear from them, which pet names you like and which you don’t, etc. This will ensure that nobody gets offended when their communication preferences aren’t met.

In the same vein, talk about if and how you will address your relationship on social media. Some people are comfortable bearing it all online while others would like to keep it off social media.

  • What to do during conflict

Disagreements are inevitable and so, you need to know whether your partner needs time alone when they’re angry or they prefer to hash out your disagreement there and then. Communicate this clearly, preferably before you have your first fight, so that you know what is expected of you.

  • The type of commitment you want

To avoid any misunderstandings, clearly state what you expect as far as your relationship is concerned. Will you be exclusive or would you like an open relationship?

As you talk about commitment remember that you can’t change your partner. Even if you’ve clicked and you want different things from the relationship, it won’t end well. Be strong enough to let go if your expectations as far as commitment is concerned.

  • Intimacy

It’s very important to set sexual boundaries. Tell your partner what you like and don’t like in the bedroom, how often you’re comfortable having sex, what level of intimacy you like on a first date or in public and when you’re alone, etc. Do you mind holding hands while you’re out and about? Are you a chronic hugger?

A partner who won’t respect these boundaries or tries to coerce you to break them even when you try to remain adamant risks becoming abusive. This is a relationship red flag and you need to run.

  • Personal space

Tell your partner when you need personal space and what you require from them during this time. Do you need a few minutes alone when you wake up in the morning or do you like some quiet time when you come in from work?

Here’s just one of the examples on boundaries you should set early on in your relationship. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel your partner is crossing your boundaries and making you uncomfortable. And remember, some boundaries can be negotiated such that you’re both happy and on the same page.

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4 best tips to avoid getting pregnant during s*x



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There are many ways to avoid pregnancy if you are having active sex.

Sperm can live inside your uterus for up to 5 days after having sex, and pregnancy can only occur if there is sperm in your uterus or fallopian tubes when you ovulate.

You have many tools to prevent pregnancy. Birth control options are plentiful, but some work better than others. The key is to make sure you’re using them the right way.

Here’s what you can do:

  • You’re on birth control

Hormonal birth control methods such as the pill, patch, ring, implant, shot, or IUD significantly decrease your chances of getting pregnant, but they don’t eliminate your chances.

These experts say methods work in various ways. For example, IUDs block sperm from reaching the egg, while the pill, ring, and patch prevent ovulation.

  • You’re on your period

While it’s not impossible to get pregnant while on your period, your chances are pretty slim. 

Your lowest chance of getting pregnant while on your period is during the first day of bleeding. But the chances increase with each passing day as you get closer to your ovulation window. If your typical menstrual cycle is close to the average 28- to 30-day cycle, then the likelihood of getting pregnant while on your period is low. But if your cycle is shorter, your chances of getting pregnant while on your period go up.

  • You use the ‘pull-out’ method

The pull-out method may be the world’s oldest form of birth control.

The pull-out method, also known as withdrawal, involves pulling the penis out of the vagina before ejaculation.

While some studies have found that withdrawal can be as high as 96% effective with perfect use, it isn’t easy to maintain perfect use with this method. 

  • You use a condom

When using a condom to avoid pregnancy (or sexually transmitted infections, for that matter), it’s vital to use it correctly. Correct usage means the condom is rolled onto the penis (or inserted into the vagina in the case of internal or female condoms) before there’s any contact between genitals and skin. 

According to research, the chance of getting pregnant with male condoms is about 18%, and with female condoms, it’s 21%. With perfect condom use every single time, those odds decrease to 2%.

Some nursing parents use the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) or “breastfeeding method” to prevent pregnancy after giving birth. LAM as a form of birth control relies on the temporary pause in ovulation that often accompanies breastfeeding in the first several months postpartum.

While breastfeeding, the hormone estrogen, which is responsible for getting your period each month, is suppressed experts say, hence, preventing pregnancy.

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