Several years ago, I attended some sort of Young Men/Young Women fireside. I don't really remember anything from it except that the speaker counseled young men to be wary of giving women advice. He said that there is a time and place for it, but that is usually when it is asked for. He explained that when women talk about their problems, they don't want to be told how to fix it because usually they already know. They want someone to listen, to side with them, and to validate them.
I had never noticed this before, but for weeks, months, even years afterwards, I paid attention to how I felt when my guy friends tried to give me advice. Or how other women in my life responded to it. And I found his explanation to be very true. Maybe it's not always true, but generally, that seems to be the case.
So I think I want to work on being more open to suggestions and advice. And I want to be humble enough to accept it as their way of showing they care. Because, although I love Modern Family and I love Claire and Phil, I really really don't want to be a Claire haha. Or a Phil for that matter.
Yup, just some random thoughts.