I've been married for 14 years to a good man. Recently our son joined a sports team and we've become friends with some of the parents - we go to dinner, play cards, etc. The problem is, one of the husbands never attends because socializing is not his thing. When we all get together, my husband always sits with this man's wife and even tickles her, walks her to her car, and asks her to call to let him know she made it home safe. I've confronted my husband about this, and he says I'm just starting trouble. Is he trying to make me jealous? What's going on here? Please help! -M.H., 34, Cincinnati
Related: Vote for the Hottest Husband in Hollywood
What's going on here is anyone's guess. Yes, your husband could be trying to make you jealous - or he could have a crush on this woman. Either way, the fact remains that the situation is making you seriously unhappy. And don't for one second think that you're the one "starting trouble." If your guy's so concerned about trouble, he ought to refrain from tickling (tickling!) the goalie's mom!
Related: 51 Days of New Outfits for Under $200
Confronting your husband will only put him on the defensive. Instead, simply tell him that his actions bother you and ask him to stop. Say that it makes you uncomfortable to watch him lavish so much attention on another woman. He may tell you you're making a big deal out of nothing, but don't let the conversation devolve into an argument about whether you trust him, or whether you're over-reacting. It really doesn't matter why you don't like what he's doing. You're his wife, his beloved, and you're asking him to stop.
Related: The 18 Most Annoying Male Habits Explained
I always say I'm not going to be one of those women who say guys are dense, but, um, sometimes guys are dense. Spell it out plain and simple and give your husband a chance to make you happy by minding his manners and keeping his tickle fingers to himself.
Karen Karbo is an award-winning writer and author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman. She's also a mom, a writing teacher, and a horse owner. Check out more advice from Karen.
Need smart advice?
Whatever's bugging or perplexing you - about your friends, brother, sister, parents, in-laws, husband, you name it - REDBOOK's Karen Karbo has the smart advice you need. Email your questions, rants, and worries to her at email@example.com and please include your initials, age, city and state. Letters may be edited for clarity and length.
More from REDBOOK:
Could You Go a Week Without Yelling?
Have the Hottest Sex of Your Life…with Your Husband
- 6 Shocking Reasons Why Men Stray
- 6 Ways to Tie a Scarf
- Get More on Love, Family & Fashion - Subscribe to REDBOOK & Save Up to 84%!
Connect with REDBOOK:
- Become our Fan on Facebook
- Sign Up for REDBOOK's Free Weekly Newsletter
- Follow Us on Twitter
- Enter to Win FREE Daily Prizes
Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.