Dad shares lessons learned from living in a house full of estrogen

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  • azgal Buckeye, AZ
    June 17, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    I'm a gal and I must be missing the "shoes" gene because I don't get it either. I have probably 10 pairs but only 2-3 of which I wear regularly plus my good sneakers that I wear just about everyday. The rest just plain are uncomfortable!

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 17, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Article quote: "4. It's all about the shoes."

    Ha! Ha! Really made me laugh there. It *IS* all about the shoes. I just finished remodeling a walk-in closet for my wife and I and she immediately had it overflowing with shoes. And I mean that literally. I counted and she has over 50 pairs of shoes.


    And she either sold or gave away (to charity) 24 more pairs that wouldn't fit in the closet. Even the ones she kept won't fit on the shelves but she crams them in there anyway.

    Ladies, can someone please explain to us men....what is the deal with shoes???

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    June 17, 2013 1:12 a.m.

    "But, man, there are few things in life as enjoyable as sitting at the kitchen table — silently — and watching your wife and daughters engage in six different conversations at the same time. It's a thing of beauty," he said."

    LOL best quote of the article!

    Love the comments so far.

    I have 2 and 2, but for years, I have taught girls-only choirs and know somewhat of what he speaks.

    Thanks for the article, it was great!

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    June 14, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    In a house full of females listen more than you speak. Is there any other choice?

    Treat your wife like royalty. Depends on whether that makes you a king or a serf.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    June 12, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    Excellent article and video. It generally sums up some of the more important issues.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 12, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    good read, liked it, enjoyed it, keep up the good work.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    June 12, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    Well, to out do the author, I have SEVEN DAUGHTERS and just 2 SONS, besides having SIX SISTERS and but 1 BROTHER There is a LOT MORE than what he lists.

    Girls are generally more like cats, boys like dogs. Herding cats is harder.

    Female reasoning is far different from that of males. Male logic can't always be translated into Female logic.

    Daughters generally bring their family home to Mom's place more than a son will.

    Every individual of either gender is different from all other individuals. Customize relationships accordingly.

    Emotion is usually a bigger factor with females than males. So when fair is dependent on feeling rather than reason, realize you can't reaaon necessarily on emotion.

    When emotions run high in any direction, it is often best to say the least possible. Sometimes you have to say "something". Try to say the right thing. Then, whether you did or not, it is often best to just shut up.

    Males need to communicate "enough". But male doing is generally more important than what they say. This is especially true in regards to one's wife.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    June 12, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    I am the youngest of four boys and zero girls. My poor mother had to put up with a scout master husband and four very active boys. All four of us are Eagle Scouts, college graduates and happily married. All went on full time missions except for the eldest who could not go due to health issues, he was a stake missionary instead.

    Once my father and one of my brothers caught a rattle snake and were going to make a belt from its skin. My poor mother found it in a paper bag in a refrigerator in the garage.

    Now my wife and I have six daughters and no sons. Have you ever taken a nap in the recliner in the living room and discovered a dozen barrettes in your hair when you woke up? I have.
    They tried putting makeup on my face once. Really bad idea. I don't know how women endure that.

    We went 12 years with only one bathroom. We just put a vanity in each of the bedrooms.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    June 12, 2013 3:13 a.m.

    Daughters and wife in conversation:.... Well generally they don't hear anything that I may attempt to add to their conversation.

    Whenever they do acknowledge your voice, it is always, ..'wow that was random'.

  • BeGroovee Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 11, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    I entirely agree with you, rroehale. I hope I didn't paint a picture that stereotypes all girls. Even within my own family, if you put two of my daughters on a soccer field, one would probably run away from the ball and another would probably get a yellow card in the scramble. They are awesome the way they are. They make me smile.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    June 11, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    I have to admit that since I had four sons, I only deal with the granddaughters. They have drama, they have meltdowns and yes, it all about the shoes. I'm not sure I could deal with the multiple conversations at once, but absolutely treat your spouse like royalty.

  • rroehale Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    I enjoyed this video as well as the article that Mr. Johnson wrote for KSL. I am so glad that he appreciates his daughters. As convenient as the gendered sports metaphors are, I hope he has considered that many girls like to play basketball just as much as boys do, and not all of us like to cheer.