Are ‘wife lessons’ a good idea? At least one man thinks so

The couple appeared on Dr. Phil in an attempt to save their relationship
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This couple take the biscuit – and the fight’s all about who’s not baking them. 

Tuesday’s episode saw a man called Josh tell talk show host Dr. Phil that he won’t marry girlfriend Rebecca, the mother of his daughter, until she takes “wife lessons” to learn how to be a better partner and mother.

Among the household duties Josh says he wants Rebecca, who’s pregnant with their second child, to improve on, cleaning the house to a better standard and making sure there is dinner on the table when he comes home are high on the list.

“Once Rebecca learns to be a better wife and mother, I think the sky’s the limit,” Josh says.

Rebecca lists a series of demands she claims Josh has, which include ensuring she makes a shopping list before visiting the store, informing him before she leaves the house, and drying her hair more quickly so she uses less electricity.

“I’m the breadwinner. When I get home from work, I would love a meal,” he says. “She’s got ample time to organise a feeding schedule for a family and she doesn’t even make a grocery list.”

Accused by Rebecca of being controlling, Josh says: “She thinks I’m controlling because I tell her she has to do her job … She has to pick up. She has to do her share.”

But Josh says he doesn’t set the boundaries, he “suggests the boundaries.”

And he does have some praise for his girlfriend, who he called “the housekeeper.”

“I love her size, her height, she’s perfectly proportioned. She’s a strong gal. She can pick up two bags of potatoes instead of one,” he says.

The couple appeared on Dr. Phil in an attempt to save their relationship, but the show ends with a surprise revelation from Josh.

Do you think “wife lessons” are a good idea? Or are people like Josh living in past? How do you settle arguments with your partner on who keeps house and who works outside the home? 

  1. Patricia Bates  

    What a pig of a man, who does he think he is. She’s good enough to bear his children but not good enough to marry.she has to learn to be a good wife. If li were her liam sorry li would take the children and go, if she’s not good enough now li doubt in his eyes she ever will be.

  2. Carmel  

    Let him stay at home for a week once the new child is born and see how he gets on. I don’t understand how she stays with such a drop kick. Leave him now before he becomes mor ed controlling.

  3. M Cremin  

    Just goes to show dinosaurs are not yet extinct!

  4. Cheryl Ann Mudge  

    Whqt a control freak , believe me it will only get worse . My advise , leave him , and get yourself a better man , who will appreciate you for you

  5. Lyn Hassall  

    I don’t dislike the idea of couple’s being able to state their expectations of each other. Josh feels he is doing his part by earning and he wants value for his money when Rebecca goes shopping, for her to be mindful that his money pays the electricity bill and to see that he is fed so he can continue to go on working for his family. Maybe he should pull his head in a bit about the house-cleaning in view of the fact that there’s a child and she’s pregnant but it’s only good manners to let him know before she leaves the house. That said, Josh would do well to look for opportunities to appreciate what she does do.

  6. Ria Young  

    How many centuries out of date is this guy? He needs Husband lessons in how to pull his weight in the house, which presumably he also messes up, eats the food, needs his clothes washed. Making a shopping list is not essential as she will probably know what is needed. The level of control is outrageous. If it were me, I would leave so fast he would not see me for dust.

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