Yesterday, we talked about the concept of work husbands, and how they can be helpful for your wife. Today, I’m going to talk about what it takes to be a good work husband. If you have been nominated as a work husband, you probably already know how to do *that* job, so I’m going to focus on when you have to meet the Real Husband, as you’ll invariably be faced with a situation where you must socialize with your work wife’s family. It’s important to be respectful of the Husband when you are a work husband, and there are a few ‘common sense’ things that I believe often go overlooked. Here are a few rules that can help you:
1. Look him in the eye. When you are introduced, the Husband will probably already know a lot about you. When given the opportunity to meet the Husband for the first time, look him in the eye, shake his hand, and tell him that you are glad to meet him. It’s no less than what you would expect from your wife’s work husband.
2. Say nice things that you’ve heard. Over the course of conversation with your work wife, you’ve probably heard something that the Husband has done that’s pretty awesome. Congratulate him for it! This lets the husband know that you know that he exists, and don’t ignore his status in your work-wife’s life.
3. Respect his status as the Real Husband. Avoid inside jokes with your work-wife, and try to keep the husband involved in the conversation. Don’t steal his time while you’re both there!
Generally, the rule should be to act the way you would like to be treated when you meet your wife’s work-husband.
About the Author: Abby Dryer's goal in life is to bridge the communication gap between men and women. She finds herself giving lots of marital advice to her guy friends whose wives don’t want to have to explain *everything* to their husbands. “Women are hard to understand. I’m a woman, and *I* don’t even get us sometimes! Goodhusbanding is a great guide to help men understand their women, and hopefully communicate with a little more confidence, because that’s what works… communication!”