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Is it just my family, or is this common among males?

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive April 2006: Is it just my family, or is this common among males?
By Cocoabutter on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 12:51 am:

It happens a lot that when my dh or ds (9 yo) go into the bathroom to take a shower or bath, I always get paged.

"Can you get me a pair of underwear and pants?"

Why, oh WHY, don't they ever think to bring clothes into the bathroom with them BEFORE they get into the tub??

By Jackie on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 05:29 am:

Oh boy I get the same thing here. When my son is headed toward the shower, I always give a warning of "Do you have have a towel and wash cloth".Normally he tells me he is taking a shower then about 10 minutes later he yells at me from the bathroom door, dripping with water "Mom, I need a towel"..grrrrr.
When My daughter heads to the shower, I give her the warning, do you have xy and z?
I can not say it is just the kids. My husband is famous to for coming out and saying , "Can you get me a towel"
Maybe I am just different, but before I get my shower I make sure I have EVERYTHING I need. I mean normally in the morning we are on a tight schedule, and I dont have time to scurry around for my bathroom supplies.

By Trina~moderator on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 06:35 am:

No, I don't have that problem with DH or DS. It's DD (7) in my house. LOL!

By Dawnk777 on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 07:25 am:

Only with DH! The rest of us manage to gather our own stuff without difficulty!

By Kaye on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 08:29 am:

My middle kid would be more that way. The kicker is he doesn't say anything. So if he forgets his undies, he wraps a blanket around him and trots down stairs to find what he needs. He is mr modest, but forgetful all the same.

My youngest is very routine oriented, so we got him started young, he gets everything. He showers in the master shower, so we put a hook down low for his towel and then bought him the cutest towel (it is a frog). Works for us.

By Tripletmom on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 09:14 am:

My 7yr DD is the one in our house.She wants to run her own shower now and be independent.I always ask to if she has everything she says yup.I'll go in and check up and ask her where her face cloth is and I always hear oops.She's getting better now

By Emily7 on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 01:52 pm:

It is me in this house...although when dh is out of town I manage to get everything.

By Janet on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 03:01 pm:

Not the shower, but I am the Finder of Lost and Misplaced Items. "Have you seen my wallet?" "Where's my brown cami?" "Do we have any peanut butter?" Aaaargh!

By Annie2 on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 06:39 pm:

I'm with Janet on this one. The funny thing is, I usually know exactly where the misplaced item is! Maybe that's why they keep asking me! LOL

By Dawnk777 on Monday, April 3, 2006 - 10:51 pm:

Ditto Annie and Janet. I'm usually the one who knows where everything is!

Oh, and why can't people follow directions? I can tell someone in my house and it doesn't matter whether they are old, young, male, or female, exactly where to find something. They will try to find it, come back because they gave up, and then I will follow my own directions and find the object in the exact spot where I said it would be! (Downstairs, on the speaker to the right of the tv, underneath the Time magazine!) Now, is that so hard to understand? Is it the "underneath" something else the part that is hard? I don't get it!

I know men can never find anything, because my dad and DH are exactly the same. If it doesn't hit them in the face, it doesn't exist.

When do my girls start being able to keep track of stuff. I think women know where everything is, because once upon a time, the women were who kept track of which berries were safe to eat, whereas men just found animals to kill for food.

So, at some point, my kids have to be the people who know where everything is, and sometimes, they are just as bad as DH!

By Cocoabutter on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 12:29 am:

Maybe it's b/c women are more detail oriented. But I hear exactly what you are saying. I always hear my dh- "I don't see it."

He asks, "Honey, where's the mayo?"

I say, "In the fridge on the second shelf on the left side."

He says, "I don't see it."

I say, "Yes, it's in there."

Then he looks at me like I'm crazy. If doesn't see it, therefore he thinks it MUST NOT be there.

I say, "Well, you're not looking!"

He says, "Yes I am!"

So I go to the fridge and find it behind the pickles.

Okay, so I don't have a mental picture of EXACTLY where everything is positioned on the shelves of the fridge at any given moment of any given day. But, it's totally natural for me to start digging around inside if I don't see it right away. Why don't the guys have that same motivation?

By Dawnk777 on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 07:31 am:

I have no idea!

By Juli4 on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 07:59 am:

my dh will not move stuff to look. He will open the refrigerator and look without touching a thing and declare it not there. He can never find anything that isn't sitting on top. What did he do before he got married?

By Enchens on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 02:02 am:

I had to laugh at a lot of these. Same thing happens around here. If it's not in my dh's hand, it's lost. When he looks for something and claims to not find it I ask him, "Did you look like you normally look? Or did you look thoroughly?" He mentioned the other day, that he was looking for something at work and his coworker (a female) told him where to find it. He could not find it, so she came to look and found it exactly where she said it was! I just laughed.

By Dawnk777 on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 07:38 am:


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