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Grossed out by spouse's table manners

I can't believe I am writing embarrasses me. My spouse has terrible table manners...generally speaking, but worse when we are alone together. My back crawls sometimes. Mostly it is packing mouth full..then talking while chewing. I find myself saying from time to time "honey, swallow first..then continue" but it falls on deaf ears and the habit continues. I find myself eating alone in front of the TV a lot because I can't stand the noise or the view. Am I just nuts here? I look around at others and no one else I know seems to have the same level of this problem.

Thu. May 31, 5:36pm

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oh no

you could tell him how you really feel, might not go down well, but it could also be symptomatic of other things, you just be fed up with him.

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 6:08 PM

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My husband was not raised with table manners either. I understand where you're coming from. Just try to remember that he was like this when you married him, but you still love him in spite of his faults.

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 6:38 PM

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Try one of the heart to heart talks and tell him it's really bothering you. Ask him first if you have any annoying habits that he would like you to change. Maybe you can make a game out of it. If you tell him in a caring way instead of a nagging/mothering way, he may be more receptive.

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 10:29 PM

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Have dinner with a friend who tells it like it is, maybe they will say something to him/her or make a comment that makes them realize what they are doing. He/she might not even realize what they are doing is so offensive.

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 10:56 PM

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try and get a mirror installed... or place a long mirror that is tall on the floor and position it right where he or she will see it while sitting in their spot across the room.. so when he or she sits down to dinner will see themselves in the act and maybe change their habits on their own. It is worth a shot... don't explain that is why the mirror is there, just make something up.

Friday, June 01, 2007, 8:58 AM

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