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One day last year, a citizen on a prairie path in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst came upon a teen boy chopping wood. Just some already-fallen branches. Nonetheless, the onlooker called the cops. Officers interrogated the boy, who said he was trying to build a fort for himself and his friends. A local news site reports the police then "took the tools for safekeeping to be returned to the boy's parents.

Elsewhere in America, preschoolers at the Learning Collaborative in Charlotte, North Carolina, were thrilled to receive a set of gently used playground equipment. But the kids soon found out they would not be allowed to use it, because it was resting on grass, not wood chips.

Playing on grass is against local regulations. And then there was the query that ran in Parents magazine a few years back: But is it okay to leave her and her playmate home while you dash to the dry cleaner? The principle here is simple: This generation of kids must be protected like none other. They can't use tools, they can't play on grass, and they certainly can't be expected to work through a spat with a friend.

And this, it could be argued, is why we have "safe spaces" on college campuses and millennials missing adult milestones today. We told a generation of kids that they can never be too safe—and they believed us. We've had the best of intentions, of course. But efforts to protect our children may be backfiring. When we raise kids unaccustomed to facing anything on their own, including risk, failure, and hurt feelings, our society and even our economy are threatened.

Yet modern child-rearing practices and laws seem all but designed to cultivate this lack of preparedness. There's the fear that everything children see, do, eat, hear, and lick could hurt them. And there's a newer belief that has been spreading through higher education that words and ideas themselves can be traumatizing. Beginning in the s, American childhood changed. For a variety of reasons—including shifts in parenting norms, new academic expectations, increased regulation, technological advances, and especially a heightened fear of abduction missing kids on milk cartons made it feel as if this exceedingly rare crime was rampant —children largely lost the experience of having large swaths of unsupervised time to play, explore, and resolve conflicts on their own.

This has left them more fragile, more easily offended, and more reliant on others. They have been taught to seek authority figures to solve their problems and shield them from discomfort, a condition sociologists call "moral dependency. This poses a threat to the kind of open-mindedness and flexibility young people need to thrive at college and beyond. If they arrive at school or start careers unaccustomed to frustration and misunderstandings, we can expect them to be hypersensitive.

And if they don't develop the resources to work through obstacles, molehills come to look like mountains. This magnification of danger and hurt is prevalent on campus today. It no longer matters what a person intended to say, or how a reasonable listener would interpret a statement—what matters is whether any individual feels offended by it.

If so, the speaker has committed a "microaggression," and the offended party's purely subjective reaction is a sufficient basis for emailing a dean or filing a complaint with the university's "bias response team. This interferes with the process of free inquiry and open debate—the active ingredients in a college education. And if that's the case already, what of the kids still in grammar school, constantly reminded they might accidentally hurt each other with the wrong words?

When today's 8-year-olds become the year-olds starting college, will they still view free speech as worthy of protecting? As Daniel Shuchman, chairman of the free speech-promoting Foundation for Individual Rights in Education FIRE , puts it, "How likely are they to consider the First Amendment essential if they start learning in fifth grade that you're forbidden to say—or even think—certain things, especially at school?

Parents, teachers, and professors are talking about the growing fragility they see. It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the overprotection of children and the hypersensitivity of college students could be two sides of the same coin. By trying so hard to protect our kids, we're making them too safe to succeed. If you're over 40, chances are good that you had scads of free time as a child—after school, on weekends, over the summer.

And chances are also good that, if you were asked about it now, you'd go on and on about playing in the woods and riding your bike until the streetlights came on. Today many kids are raised like veal. Only 13 percent of them even walk to school. Many who take the bus wait at the stop with parents beside them like bodyguards.

For a while, Rhode Island was considering a bill that would prohibit children from getting off the bus in the afternoon if there wasn't an adult waiting to walk them home. This would have applied until seventh grade. As for summer frolicking, campers don't just have to take a buddy with them wherever they go, including the bathroom. Some are now required to take two—one to stay with whoever gets hurt, the other to run and get a grown-up. Walking to the john is treated like climbing Mt.

After school, kids no longer come home with a latchkey and roam the neighborhood. Instead, they're locked into organized, supervised activities. Children as young as third grade are joining traveling teams—which means their parents spend a lot of time in the car, too.

Or they're at tutoring. Or they're at music lessons. And if all else fails, they are in their rooms, online. Even if parents want to shoo their kids outside—and don't come home till dinner! Often, there are no other children around to play with. Even more dishearteningly, adults who believe it's good for young people to run some errands or play kickball down the street have to think twice about letting them, because busybodies, cops, and social workers are primed to equate "unsupervised" with "neglected and in danger.

You may remember the story of the Meitivs in Maryland, investigated twice for letting their kids, 10 and 6, walk home together from the park. Or the Debra Harrell case in South Carolina, where a mom was thrown in jail for allowing her 9-year-old to play at the sprinkler playground while she worked at McDonald's. Or the 8-year-old Ohio boy who was supposed to get on the bus to Sunday school, but snuck off to the Family Dollar store instead.

His dad was arrested for child endangerment. These examples represent a new outlook: But that outlook is wrong. The crime rate in America is back down to what it was in , which means that most of today's parents grew up playing outside when it was more dangerous than it is today.

And it hasn't gotten safer because we're hovering over our kids. All violent crime is down, including against adults. And yet it doesn't feel safer. A study found "kidnapping" to be the top parental fear, despite the fact that merely being a passenger in a car is far more dangerous.

Nine kids were kidnapped and murdered by strangers in , while 1, died in vehicles that same year. While Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker writes in 's The Better Angels of Our Nature that life in most countries is safer today than at any time in human history, the press keeps pushing paranoia.

This makes stepping back feel doubly risky: There's the fear of child kidnappers and the fear of Child Protective Services. At times, it seems like our culture is conjuring dangers out of thin air, just to have something new to worry about. Thus, the Boulder Public Library in Colorado recently forbade anyone under 12 to enter without an adult, because "children may encounter hazards such as stairs, elevators, doors, furniture, electrical equipment, or other library patrons.

Always a lethal combo. Happily, the library backed off that rule, perhaps thanks to merciless mocking in the media. But saner minds don't always prevail. At Mesa Elementary School, which also happens to be in Boulder, students got a list of the items they could not bring to the science fair.

These included "chemicals," "plants in soil," and "organisms living or dead. But perhaps the single best example of how fantastically fearful we've become occurred when the city of Richland, Washington, got rid of all the swings on its school playgrounds.

The love of swinging is probably older than humanity itself, given our arboreal origins. But as a school district spokesman explained, "Swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the playground equipment on a playground. You may think your town has avoided such overkill, but is there a merry-go-round at your local park, or a see-saw?

Most likely they, too, have gone the way of lawn darts. The Consumer Product Safety Commission even warns parks of "tripping hazards, like…tree stumps and rocks," a fact unearthed so to speak by Philip Howard, author of 's Life Without Lawyers.

The problem is that kids learn by doing. Trip over a tree stump and you learn to look down. There's an old saying: Prepare your child for the path, not the path for your child. We're doing the opposite. Ironically, there are real health dangers in not walking, or biking, or hopping over that stump. A Johns Hopkins study this summer found that the typical year-old is as sedentary as a year-old.

The Army is worried that its recruits don't know how to skip or do somersaults. But the cost of shielding kids from risks goes well beyond the physical, as a robust body of research has shown. A few years ago, Boston College psychology professor emeritus Peter Gray was invited by the head of counseling services at a major university to a conference on "the decline in resilience among students. What's more, callers were seeking help coping with everyday problems, such as arguments with a roommate.

Two students had dialed in because they'd found a mouse in their apartment. They also called the police, who came and set a mousetrap. And that's not to mention the sensitivity around grades.

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We are all delighted that you will probably not be coming back soon to Boracay! You will eventually come back to the sprawling noisy fun of Boracay and, perhaps, have a moment of clarity amidst the chaos. Good luck to you! And to everyone else: I read your article regarding your disappointing trip to Boracay.

Having been to boracay seven times and other islands in the phils, I did agree with certain points you made. The hawkers on the beach are annoying to say the least. The constant harassment by people asking for money, a tip for nothing. Yeah that happens all over the phils and in other third world countries. Your photos of Boracay in which u featured were dated 20th of dec Oddly i was also there at that time.

I did not see any over crowding on the beach prior to xmas or at new yr. That is evident in your photos where you are featured that there was plenty of open spaces on a white sand beach. However there is one photo on your website that is deceptive. Had absolutely nothing to do with your trip. U did state a friend gave u the pic. Would have been taken at sunset when the majority of tourist flock to the beach for the million dollar view of the sunset and the romantic boat ride by the sunset.

Its odd u failed to mention that. Or you did not have any pics of the sunset yourself.. U also stated you stayed in hostel. Made mention to backpackers. U failed to talk about the resorts or hotels at boracay. U did not talk about the activities at boracay. U did mention that people are over charged for food. The midget place for example is located at D-Mall. Highest rental area at boracay for shops, thus food and items cost more.

Anna does that apply worldwide? U made it clear in your article that boracay is a party island, that people get drunk. The majority of tourists to boracay, dont get drunk. Most people are in their hotels by 11 pm. After having a nice dinner, usually buffet and listening to a quality live band. U failed to mention any of that in your article.

Boracay is also a family orientated tourist spot. Having been at the same time as you were, I did see many weddings on the beach, Koreans getting married.

Most visitors are from Russia, Korea, China and Japan. I got the impression that you like to party and get wasted. U did make reference to that type of behavior. U state that u did not see fiiipino cutlure, however what is evident in your article is your party western attitude polluting the truth about Boracay.

U gave Bohol a postivie review, just wondering did u see anyone drinking at the beach in bohol? Btw the kids misbehaving on the bus from kalibo to caticlan, Did you ask the kids to be quiet? Your article is unfair and untruthful. You would have found yourself in the minority of white female tourists.

Just because u felt out of place, does not mean u can trash entire island. Your focus was narrow, you left out the majority of what happens at the island. When writing articles its best to be objective and fair. All tourist spots have positive and negative aspects.. Boracay has countless awards. We have been there 4 times and in every visit was as memorable as the last one.

We always went there december which is the peak season. We first stayed at nigi nigi nono which was pricey for what it is, but for our next visits we stayed at la carmela and its reasonable, clean and quiet. We were always at least 20 people kids included, we had never experienced being harrassed by vendors, yes they would walk along beaches and offered their wares but i dont recall them shouting at us to get our attention.

Sure the beach was crowded but no difference than any public beaches, in a popular place, its more jampacked when its sunset for obvious reason, its just very romantic. At night its fun to just walk along the throngs of restaurants and our kids could choose where to eat, depending on what you can afford, we always sought the entertainment of those dancers with fires dont know whats its called really.

During the days we woke up early to swim, not so many people guaranted and then off to a free buffet breakfast and then on to so many family activity, boating round the island, helmet diving, para sailing, helicopter ride. The ferry terminal sure is crowded but no where chaotic, one can choose an aircon ferry which is of course comfortable, or the non aircon one.

We took the aircon on our way to boracay, then on our way to caticlan we opted for a non aircon one to have more fun and to experience the openness of the sea. Yes we have some down sides too, once in our visit it rained so hard, and so many rubbish on the shore, but thats normal, we were happy to stay in our rooms playing games with our kids and we have 4.

I have been to many places too, we spent 3 weeks at various eurocamps site and experienced overcrowding at beaches in southern, northern france, whom we thought would be peaceful and serene.

The truth is if its a tourist spot then expect crowds, we are based in hk, very crowded, esoecially niw that mainlanders from china comes in overwhelming numbers, they are mostly not so good with their manners and yet we dont encounter so much of their popular rudeness.

We teach people how to treat us but before doing that we should teach ourselves how to treat them. Saying that we also noticed how boracay now is so commercialized, in fact if you ask the locals they are sad to see their island becoming like that, its us tourist that did that, especially foreigners, people who flashes out money, corrupting locals, again most of restaurant, hotel owners are foreigners married to filipinos.

This is the time we live in, we go through the ride, happiness is a choice. Another thing, iloilo has another alternative to boracay, try to visit Guimaras, the water is better than boracay..

I never made to Boracay, but you already know I was not happy with my stay in the Philippines. Whilst I agree with Anna about this blog entry and Boracay, especially since she seems to have done her research about the area and gave constructive criticism, your blog entry about Philippine food and visit, on the other hand, is simply stupid. Who goes to for a specialty local food like longganisa? Not cool at all. We actually very nearly went to Boracay on our 2-week holiday while teach in Taiwan.

We actually went to El Nido instead and had a super time there, it was quite touristy but beautiful, quiet in low season and not full of party people just nice cafes and boat tours. A Filipino traveler here.

Boracay does have a beautiful white sand and a picturesque look in it. Spain, Japan and US. I got the chance to talk to some vendors and learned that a lot of these vendors do not belong there but came form different islands as well some as far as Mindanao the Southern most part of the Philippines. They were all looking for jobs, because as advertised, the Department of Tourism of the Philippines is showing Boracay all over the world.

And visiting Philippines is all about the travel. The common inexpensive means of travelling from one place to another is by land and by boat. Travel time is usually hrs. I suggest you visit Coron Palawan among all parts of Palawan. You may also want to go to Vigan in Ilocos, for the Spanish vibe.

Tried a 4-day exploration driving around Luzon. My wife is Cebuana, I love visiting there when we return. Once out of the city, the island has many spectacular places to visit. Our favourite place is Bantayan Island. That is our place to unwind and forget everything. Except during Holy Week. Behind of all the negative experiences you had in the Island of Boracay, I hope you still remember the white long beach and the clear blue water.

I think you missed to visit Mt. Luho, from there you can see the view of whole island and not to judge the island from one side only. Boracay is one of the popular beach destination so I hope as a traveler you expect the flock of tourists.

I hope they improve that place so they can thrive. You know, there is a legitimate exception. There is a resto in Bacolod who employes dwarfs… Dagul was discovered through that restaurant. Maybe you are just sick by the time you went to Boracay.

Your moods not so appreciative that time. Sorry for the Vendors you mentioned…they are really annoying and I hope the Givernment of the Philippines will do something about the jobless Filipino people. Anna its a fact anywhere in this world little people wont stand much chance in finding a normal job, because of their physical attribute compared to the normal sized people. For a traveller as what you have claimed , you have a poor hindsight and obviously being snooty for deloping countries and its people.

If you are that negative, dont travel to asia, or anywhere else, every place has its own merits and demerits, and so us individuals. Even not meeting you i can deduce you have more negative energy in your body than positive. Maybe its time for you to settle back in your home and ponder what and where you could get happiness. Read some more valuable books and enhance your mindset. There is a place in Manila where dwarf throwing is practiced, very funny apparently.

If your looking for party and nightlife…. But if you want to just enjoy the beauty Of the place God gave…. Visit other places in the Philippines…. Palawan is nice place to go…. But make sure that its summer cuz u cant enjoy if its rainy days…… Sagada in benguet… Cebu and bohol…… Also in batanes…..

Thanks and good write of this place. I like to get here in the future. As i am also a mindful of advice, look forward to keep in touch cheers JR. Must be a huge nightmare for you dear. What an honest-to-goodness review. I despise Boracay with a passion. Went once in for three days and that was two and a half days too much for me.

Of course I also hate Bali too, for all the same reasons you outlined here except the difficulty in getting to the island. But the vendors harassing your private moment of peace when you are hanging out on the beach is too much, even to me!

My sentiments exactly, the whole article and more! I left Boracay almost 20 years ago and had gone back a couple of times to visit for a few days since.. I hope you get to visit Palawan and other places before they, too, become tourist traps.

I am not a big traveler, I have never been anywhere exotic, not have I heard of this island, but this was really interesting to read. Your big smiles in your photos show how disappointed you were in Boracay.

Thanks for the heads up Anna! This is very good info- will definitely be skipping this place. I hate everything touristy so this spot clearly is not for me. I look at it this way.

The worst day on vacation is better than a good day at work. Gotta enjoy the warm white sands because the winds of change can shift and you may not be able to do what you do tomorrow. Hi Anna, this is why I like reading your blog. You are very honest and if the perception is different to the reality then you will make that clear. After reading this all the points you list would make me dislike Boracay too.

Drunken, ignorant tourists, disrespectful people trying to make money by any means from visitors, lack of culture…. I will give it that the beach sands look amazing. Such a shame it is not possible to sit back, relax and take in the amazing views. I have experienced it when we stayed in Station 2. If relaxation is what you want, you should have stayed at Station 1 or the more secluded Shangrilla Hotel they have their own beach. I have stayed once in station 2 and i hate it. The noice, and the annoying drunk tourists is too much.

Since then, only station 1 for me. There you are detached from the party scene. No loud noises, no vendors, and less drunk tourist. You just need to pay more. Im a Filipino by the way, thanks for your accurate feedbacks.

I regularly go to Boracay to relax, and i pity the state that its in. I hope it went viral here to our government officials will take notice. Boracay is a hotspot. Even the locals in Boracay have their own sub-culture already different from another region in the PH. Calling it the worst island when you only experienced it during a peak or super peak season is your opinion and I can understand you may have had a confluence of things happening when you were there.

Everything else will either not measure up or downhill from there. Getting killed for sharing your experience when PH pols get wind of it? This one is exaggerating but some tourists will give weight to it and make sweeping conclusions in their mind. Anna, after the phil tourism officials and politicians spot this article, you will permanently be blacklisted with immigration from entering the philippines. And if you do make it in, they will probably assassinate you.

More journalists and reporters are murdered in the philippines than Russia. Very interesting article, i will keep this advice on my visit to Philipines, instead i think is more worth to visit El Nido right? Any tours you can recommend to get there? Take tours A, B and C. Each would have its own highlight.

Also, do not miss Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beach. But if you have limited time, prioritize tours A and C. You could also ask the boatman to pick the best spots from tours A, B and C. You might have to pay a different rate though, as tours A, B, C and D are the standard ones.

It sounds exactly like my experience in Thailand so thank you thank you and thank you again for the heads up, because after I read so many sugarcoated blog posts about visiting the Phillipines I really wanted to go. Yeah, skip Boracay if you want to be somewhere quiet, isolated.

Yes, just skip Boracay altogether. There are still many undiscovered places here in the Philippines. You may consider going to Batanes or Palawan. However, must admit that Boracay is waaaay too commercialized. But this is the truth though. Because Boracay is just one of the 7, Islands the Philippines have. If you really want to enjoy the Philippines, try going to a virgin island.

No hotels, no bars, just you and your camping gear. Marta, sorry to jump into the conversation, but the Philippines have more than islands, and Boracay is the n.

It all depends on what you want. Some people will still like the Boracay vibe, some others will prefer the more quiet Palawan just to name another very famous spot , I visited many Islands in the Philippines because I stayed there for 4 months in a row, and I can assure you that they are still well worth a visit!

Thanks for the insight. I was certainly referring to Boracay in my comment not to Phillipines as a whole! Hell even if I hated my previous experience in Thailand I would give it another shot and visit the north, as everyone says it is completely different than the south.

But I have read so many articles about how amazing Boracay is and from what I am reading here and in many comments below it is far from the truth. I am not crossing Phillipines of my list just because of this article, but I think Boracay will be a place I will skip for the sake of other islands! I especially get angry at the vendors. Having seen these guys in action for so long I can assure you that they have no hope of you actually buying something and mostly just want to get close to you to check you out.

They can be pushy to guys as well, I was there just last month and literally shoved a guy off the path for trying to sell me a selfie stick by putting the dang thing in my face. I felt terrible afterward, and still feel bad about it actually, but at the time I just had had enough — haha. But I would choose Bohol over Boracay any day. Better culture, better people. Great article and an interesting read — especially as I very nearly went to Boracay on a recent trip to Asia.

Which Filipino islands would you recommend? If you want a 10 visitor per day, research about hundred island in Pangasinan, one of those island can be 1: Thank you anna for the heads up. You went to boracay on its peak season what do you expect? As a traveller you need to expect the worse and be wise your chosen destination.

I think Anna here should book a trip to heaven. I think you will enjoy the experience more. You should go to museums, churches, temples, or places like that. You should have stayed at the other side of Boracay. If you decide to give the island another try, go island hopping so you get to see other areas and beaches in Boracay.

Not mad at you girl the thing is that you need to expect those things you mentioned in boracay because it has been posted several times. What you did is already plagiarism. Anyway, you should Google LaBoracay. I swore off Boracay ever since.

He was trying to preserve heritage sites and was killed for it. My last visit to the place was about 33 years ago. There was no motorized transportation, you ate in the large home on the property you were renting from and your choices were the catch of the day, or perhaps a freshly killed chicken and some bat adobo if someone went hunting at the cave that was rumored to be at the north end of the island.

You were often awakened by local kids knocking at your door offering to sell you a coconut shell full of magic mushrooms that they fresh picked in the cow pastures for 5 pesos. If you bought them it was common to have the cook make you a huge mushroom omelet to start you day in a most interesting way.

And, of course, sunset was not to be missed. Such is the nature of things. The beach was lined with cottages that cost to a night, no electricity. In the evening, it was difficult to walk along the beach as the path not road was just lighted by kerosene lamps attached to coconut trees.

The only noisy place was the Coco something , it is still there because they have generator and loud music. Water was hand pumped from the ground, and lots of empty spaces. There was even a small swamp in the middle of the island.

From there I witnessed how Boracay transformed. My last visit was 2 years ago and to tell you, I got lost!!! I can not find the place of my friend before!! I like it better in Tawi-tawi not recommended if you are white or fair skinned people.

I was there two months ago visiting the Venice of the Philippines when one of my cousins warned us to get out of the place. We did not stay overnight in the island even though we have relatives there, we went back to the boat before dark. White beaches no nagging vendors. The vendors you can see are those women selling fishes caught by their husbands.

There are no noisy motorboats too. We visited in during the monsoon season and had a great time. In rained every day, but only for a few hours. The rest of the time is was beautiful. There were crowds, but not as bad as you describe. I live in Iloilo so Boracay is just a 7 hour bus ride away. But then again, when I lived in Hawaii Waikiki was my beach of choice! We are planning our next visit for Valentines Day. I love in rainy season or peak.

I love it in rainy season or peak. Waikiki and Boracay are sort of similar with the amount of people and shops around. Filipino redditors agree with you http: I am sorry, but I found this to be a stupid article on many levels. First is, look at the picture in which the author complains about an over crowded beach, and what you see is a spectacular beach with maybe 20 people.

Why will I go to the Philippines to meet foreigners, I want to meet Filipinos. And if you want to get local culture in the Philippines or any country for that matter, you are in idiot if you think you are going to find it in a tourist destination that caters to foreigners. If you want local culture, head to the mountains or even a fishing village, or a scary place or the churches, or anything, but not to a beach resort reknown for its partying.

Boracay is what it is, the problem this author faced was that even though everything and everyone says exactly what Boracay is, the author expected something else. I wanted to meet both — travelers and locals and in fact who I met were annoying vendors and constantly drunken Dutch people. Not all travelers behave like this, sorry! I was a resident of Boracay for 6 years. Your post just makes me laugh. What makes Boracay beautiful are the locals, the residents and their generous and welcoming nature.

There is a damn good reason why I named my blog that. My parents have vacation memberships so we get free accommodation every year. Even foreign travelers and tourists I have met that have heard about Boracay know about its night life. There are lots of information online, aside from the tourism advertisements, about what to expect in Boracay.

The author had a bad experience and I feel sad for her. Also while I appreciate honesty on a travel blog, you should keep in mind that your voice has weight and you have different audiences so be more careful in your posts. You should have stated both what you liked and disliked about the place instead of focusing only on negativity. Use valid points and keep it rational. And be more mindful of the words that you use.

I agree with this post. She criticized it for being exactly what was described to her. This is what one can call lazy blogging. Wow this blogger has no effing clue what she is on about and sounds like the snobbiest backpacker with the highest expectations. If you want to visit bora on a budget, expect shifty buses and crappie lodging. Like anywhere pay a little more and be in comfort, like fly to caticlan the closer airport , or if I want to save money, fly to kalibo and hire a private transfer to the ferry port.

While my last trip to the island at new years just gone was a nightmare cause it was PEAK SEASON, like anywhere else it was crowded, and generally you would probably avoid tourist destinations at those times.

Canceled and delayed flights are always am issue, I agree that these need to be fixed but having been a victim of these situations, one can only blame poor weather conditions and manila airport. All in all, if you want a good mix of a beautiful beach, good party vibes, decent food and nice accomodation, boracay is the best option.

Trust me other places in Philippines are not quite as fun and the food is shit! I have had food poisoning 3 times bad in the country from local cuisine. Agreed that this blogger just sounds like a frigging whinger who should probably find a new profession. Also, how do you know that I went during the peak season when actually it was a low season.

I believe Rachel assumed you are a on a budget since you chose the farthest airport where the plane tickets are more affordable. The ticket price for Caticlan airport is usually ridiculously high. Anyway, I saw the picture of the sand castles with a date: Dec 20, last weekend before Christmas.

Peak season is from November to May. Remember, most Filipinos are already on holiday during that time and many of them flock to Boracay. Christmas is a big thing in the Philippines and most take long vacations and travel to different islands. Learn before you also complain! Did you know that for what you are doing you are distroying the life of thousand of people who are hoping and taking there living on the island?

Or it is really on your goal? Your photos clearly show that you were there on Dec 20 — this period is globally recognised as peak season…. You were told beforehand what to expect and yet, you wanted to see something different than what your were told. Not if they take the comments and turn them into positives. People learn from feedback and how you deal with it determines if you benefit or not.

I have never been to Boracay, but this article is just crazy. I thought the reason for your travel was to know and experience the Filipino culture? And yet here you are complaining about our food, the vendors, and the destination itself!? You shouldve done your research, honey. Bora is known for having the best bars on a white sand beach island, perfect place to relax and have fun at the same time. If you were looking for somewhere to be in the quiet,, ooh definitely not the place for you.

December is obviously not a slow season. In fact, it is one of the busiest season we have. Regarding the food, i should say, Filipinos are good cooks. We have good food there, no bias. If you got sick after eating what they had to offer there, oh wait til you taste one of our favorites — the balot.

That would have been funny!!! You shouldve had an open mind of how we do things in the Philippines. I know you just wanted to scream your heart out as a traveler, who have had bad decisions, but yeah.

You were just there for all the wrong reasons at the wrong time. If you wanna go somewhere and just have a goodtime with friends, then maybe Bora would give you another shot and probably be good to you. You were dragging all the bad vibes behind you, which might have been the reason why people there were mean to you. May the odds be in your favor. The month on it was December, just 5 days before Christmas?

This IS peak season, in fact peak season started in November. Anyway, cheers and happy travels. You really are ignorant. December 20 onward IS peak season in Boracay. I recently went there and thought it was a great place. You cause job losses through the tourists you turn away through such negative, generalizing blog posts. You think that Philippines can build a sustainable tourism business by not delivering the services for which people travel and pay?.

For the long term gain of the Republic of Philippines the short sighted attitude needs to evolve. While the one unscrupulous cousin of the major might make a small profit for Tanduay for themselves for one day, think about what they could achieve by building sustainable business for centuries. Tourists talk and in the same way some tourists might discourage others, when a good experience is delivered, people talk and flock to enjoy. As a Balikbayan, I think Boracay has what they call high season and low season.

If you wanted the Island all to yourself then maybe go on a season that is not too crowded. Plus traveling on a budget trip like arriving in Kalibo with 40something people instead of Caticlan and staying on a hostel with backpackers will surely make you end up with a rowdy group of people. And having local vendors approaching to sell stuff is so Filipino. I totally agree that the local government has enforce a strict regulation on beach clean up and waste disposal. But to sum up, I always enjoy my stay in Boracay everytime I go.

Anna, this is very true and as a resident of the Philippines, I totally agree that Boracay is not the place to be unless you are going to Shangri-la o station 1, only a handful of worthy places and you end up spending more money as it is very commercialized.

I do recommend Palawan and This particular Island called Flower Island as you will be the only one in the beach most of the time. Let me know if u want more details! Another tourist guide who want to offer you something on their own place. I hope that this tourist guide dont drag other tourist destinations down just for their own interest.

Go to private beach like shangrila resort in boracay if you dont want the ventors bother you. Atleast there you dont see vendors around you or crawded place..

Unless if you have a budget.. Boracay is more better than san diego beach.. And im sure you went there pick season.. Its the home of the Philippines heaviest waves, the Majestic waves of Puraran. Contact me if you wanna book a tour. Thank you for your honest report on this place.

I am a retiree living in the Philippines for more than 3 years now. Everyone is always telling me that I need to go to Boracay because it is so great.

I go to many off beat places here that are much cheaper, easier to get to, and less crowded so I ask them why would I go? Their reasoning is that it is the most visited by foreigners. Which is why I would rather go to other places. Thanks and happy traveling.

I totally agree with this article about Boracay. I — Westerner lady travelling alone — had the worst time of my life for the exact same reasons.. I was irritated by the local vendors constantly and in my 9 days there , could not ever enjoy my stay for 5 minutes without a vendor staring at me or trying to sell something to me. Even when you say no, they continue their conversation. Absolutely unbelievable arrogance and sexual perversion.

Sir, Maam, Massage and even those who forcefully asking for Tips.. An honest to goodness review. Of course Boracay is a prime destination and obviously a tourist trap, what do you expect?

We still have other unspoiled beaches and other destinations to cater your need just a google away. Expect bashers and haters from sensitive Filipino readers haha! As a traveler any experience good or bad still counts these are the reasons why every travel is an adventure.

I actually just finished writing about how we enjoyed our stay in Boracay. We stayed in Station 3 which is away from the crowd. I will recommend such places that will fit on your personality try to explore beaches in palawan and siargao for surfing. These islands are not populated as what boracay has. Less vendor and shops and locals are good. For us that we need a quite environment and explores the beauty of an island.

Boracay is not for us, its for the people who always gathered in the parties, drinking alcohols etc. Filipino here and quite agree with everything that you wrote. First time I went to Boracay was in It was truly a paradise. No electricity, no restaurants, no vendors, nothing of what you wrote about. When I went back 24 years later, I was shocked with all the commercialism. From then on, I decided never to go back. Looking forward when you visit other places in the Philippines where you can truly experience fond memories and write about.

I think you visited the wrong place in the Philippines. It is less crowded and undeveloped with beaches much more beautiful than Boracay. If I may suggest you can try to visit Calicoan Island, also in the Philippines. There, you can experience True filipino culture, its an unspoiled island and definitely undiscovered. Your post says it all. Apparently, Boracay is now very commercialized and full of tourists everywhere. True, it may be a good for social place but as a person who prefers to relax and enjoy the nature, this is a no-no.

I suggest visiting Palawan. I agree with the Local Guide. Station 1 has more pristine sand with more privacy. As the huge resorts are in Station 1, they get to maintain their beach front. More vendors, insistent vendors to rephrase, stay in Station 2 and 3 for the simple reason that more shops, reataurants, and foot traffic happens along those strips.

I agree with one of those who added a comment before I did, Boracay is what is is. Boracay is unique in that it can cater to the budget-conscious or the big spender and you can find everything you need in a few square kilometers of island. We always go to Boracay at least twice a year and while what you say about the commercialism the number of tourists and vendors is true, the beach, the shoreline, the surf and the vibe more than make up for it, at least for us it does.

For us, there are still so many unexplored aspects of the island to experience and enjoy. Perhaps next time you can schedule your trip towards the end of May-middle of June End of Summer , or around early to mid-December, right before the Xmas rush.

If more seclusion is your thing, then you might also try staying in Bolabog Beach on the flip side of the island instead of White beach. If you ever need a tour guide to show you why this is so, me and my family would love to take you in and show you around.

And not just Boracay but also other places in the Philippines Gotta say that I really appreciate you visiting our country a lot! Thanks for all your tourist dollars! Hi Anna, in my opinion, your experience really was unfortunate.

Instead of enjoying the peaceful beach, listening to the sound of the waves, your experience was full of harsh reality. Reading some of the comments, I could only agree with those who have seen Boracay before it became all tourist-oriented. Third, each station had their own category. People go there not really because of what special gift they can find there from Mother nature, but what man has made available for them.

If seclusion and privacy are what your looking for you might try Carabao Island right off Boracay to the North , or Bantayan Island off Cebu. Both are still pretty rural and pristine. A word of warning though, the resorts and accommodations in these islands are, what you might say, lacking in the more advanced creature comforts. Ah, you were here during the storm. Tsk, thats just bad luck.

Usually all the storms have petered out by the time December rolls in. But, getting there is a bit of a bitch, no direct flights and a lot of boat rides. Boracay is still the best beach that is the easiest to get to. Stay in Station 1 and book in Sur or Residencia. This is sad experience.. It is always crowded during december and summer… For me, Boracay is a place to party and enjoy the beach without taking out the city comfort.

Get a quality trip instead. There are lots of good things to say about this island anyway. A good writer shows the good and the bad side of the book. Well it appeared so as you stayed in a hostel and took a kalibo flight. But then again, it was peak season and prices would be high and rooms and flights booked high. Filipino here, travel junkie with a passion for food — and a constant visitor of Boracay for more than a decade. I go at least 3x a year and is still in love with the island.

Sad to hear about your experience but the route you took was the budget or low cost route. There are ways to make your trip to the island much more pleasant.

Take a flight to Caticlan and it will just take a 20 minute boat ride to the island — depends on which resort you stay at, they can have a private boat pick you up Discovery Shores, Shangrila etc. Staying in these resorts would mean a better location — wider, cleaner and less crowded beach as well. No backpackers, and service is world class — truly Filipino. If what you wrote was how you experienced the island then I must totally agree with you.

If you do decide to give it another chance, please feel free to drop me an email and I will be more than glad to suggest an itinerary to introduce you to the Boracay I know. I am also not a party person. If you want pruvacy with lesser tourists, try a private island in Palawan called Mangenguey Island. It is a little over an hour of boat ride from Coron Island and I swear you will have the peace, relaxation, and privacy you are looking for.

It is too far from the hustle bustles of city life, and electricity is limited only in the morning. My husband and I enjoyed our honeymoon here-it felt like we had the entire island to ourselves any time of the day. You should have visited El Nido Palawan instead, its a tropical paradise and the vibe is completely different from Boracay.

Its a 5 hour trip from Puerto Princesa. The amenities are pretty basic in town with electricity from 2pm to 6am only. There are expensive El Nido Hotels if you want to be pampered.

There is no loud party in the beach so you can just relax. Why not go to Guimaras island instead and enjoy enjoy our sweet mangoes? There are a number of beach resorts there which even prohibits the use of celfones and other gadgets. I have been traveling to the Philippines for many years and have discovered many exquisite places, but have avoided Boracay for exactly the reasons you mention. No doubt the worst place to visit in the islands. Must be a chain…. And I salute you for mentioning these details on your blog so that everyone who visits here will be aware of all these and for the governing people there to at least improve the examples you have stated above.

I would be happy to just have the pristine white beach to ourselves. Maybe your post will help lessen people coming in to the island and foreigners coming in to build business on it so we can get back the pristine beach we once knew. Boracay is not the place for you dear, if u want to enjoy the beach and have peace of mind you should have gone swimming in the beach of siargao, coron or other destination.

Boracay is commercialized and is suitable for those who love partying by the beach. I surmise crowded places are not your thing.

Quiet, serene, and truly untouched. Very different from the bustling cities of Manila and crowded beach of Boracay. But it would seem you got what you planned and then are complaining. You stayed in a hostel and I think those do cater to the backpackers. You complain about that! I counted perhaps 20 people in a perhaps m of beach front. How much space do you really need? The concept of jamming people into a conveyance like sardines seems to me to be very Filipino.

I live there about half the year. Go directly to Caticlan. Second, stay south of Station 3. Stay away from the Main Road. If you want to complain about something, there it is. One friend characterized it as typical of any Asian city. All praises to this part of this thread. I am a Filipino and am proud of the Philippines. Boracay, is now the Number 1 tourist spot in this country being that it has one of the most beautiful beaches.

Typically what you can say about a popular mall, a popular restaurant, a popular club. Anything that is popular gets crowded. Since i prefer nature over partying when i travel, i already live in the city so partying stays in that city life i have i avoid Boracay during peak, and super peak season. People find it weird that i only book my travels during off peak season, but we should know what we want to control during our chosen visit on a certain destination.

Truthfully, yes we get the best services when we are willing to pay a high cost on our vacations. Traveling entails a traveling mind open to experience whether good or bad and be able to write that in their memory as a learning experience. Agin, it depends on the mindset of the traveller.

How friendly you were to the townsfolk, and how you would choose to account this experience in your bucket list. For vacations where i can spend as much, so well yes i enjoy the other side of service. I get of course the most of what i paid for.

Every travel you do whetgher backpacking or the other way — are both luxuries of mankind just to be able to experience another part of the world. If you prefer complaining and being a snob… stay at the confinements of luxurious expensive itinerary though even then there is no assurance you have a terrific experience to remember or write about….

Any educated advice this time? You can even stay in our house for free just a few steps from the beach. These are things that you may have missed and if only you knew them, you may have had a more decent experience. Boracay has 3 major parts called stations. Stations 2 and 3 is pretty much exactly what you described but not all parts of Station 1 is highly commercialized.

If you walked a little further from Willys Rock thats the name of the rock behind you in one of your pictures theres a part of the beach that has no beachfront hotels and restos. Not our fault but nobody really blogs about the boring parts, right? It used to be really really expensive for us Filipinos to fly and go to Boracay and everywhere else and it was just recently when travelling became affordable to us so forgive us for being inconsiderate, rude, and careless.

I can assure you that that is not who we are as a people. Its just that travel ettiquette is still unheard of only because we just started to be able to travel.

You cannot visit any country without finding out about its people and its culture. Yours is a classic example of culture shock. We are a poor nation. Those vendors were not trying to intentionally ruin your vacation. They were just trying to earn a living. Yes it is perfectly ok to feel disappointed but if you knew this was coming, you may have had a different experience. Yes youd still be pissed but youd be a lot more forgiving.

I hope you give Boracay another chance and if you do, try not to go during peak season which is march to april and december to early january as there are less people. I walked along all Boracay — station 1, 2 and 3.

Have you been to Calaguas Island or Balabac Palawan? Felt the same way the first time I went to Boracay 8 years ago. I grew up in a coastal island in PH Cebu so my idea of a beach was always serene, wide shoreline where you hear waves and not pop music from clubs. Saw a lot of cigarette butts by the beach, loud music. Definitely not the typical beach I grew up with. Loved it later on when I managed my expectations already and went there with friends, with the intention of really going to a party beach.

I go to Palawan, Cebu or Bohol to experience the opposite ie serenity, relaxation. Boracay is more than just White Beach. Boracay is the best if you go ouside of super peek season. I love Boracay, been there many times and surely come back another time. I never had such experience as you described. I truly believe, if you smile at people they will smile back at you.

Hope you had more luck at other places. I as well do not enjoy a lot of people and partying. These are our preference, we should not be in a place like Boracay. Boracay has gotten too much attention over the past years, and people there have overlooked people like us, that enjoys nice peaceful place, that prefers beautiful scenery than partying. Also I wanted to apologize to how people treated you there, this things happen even to us, but especially to foreigners.

Few people, nicer and more hospitable, but still, please do take care. Boracay is not a place to go if you want to relax. Go to El nido Palawan and you will have an exceptional experience. I am Filipino and had lost my trust with my fellow filos. But my recent trip to El nido have changed everything. I always had a job but it held no passion, it just paid the bills.

But women like men are attracted to the excitement of passion from a new and unknown source. They compare and unless you have the ability to sustain passion indefinitely, you stand to lose. In my marriage, my wife became distant when she used addictive pain medication. Not something outside of ourselves. It is the passion that is within us, that resonates from us. Or, at least at some time is did.

I think this is equally true of women and their husbands. Take the time to truly see him, be in the moment with him. I am a workaholic of sorts and am often too busy paid job, volunteer jobs, education to be present and in the moment, and choose and yes it is a choice! Thanks for the reminder. I woanted to write it, but it is even more strong when a women writes this!

Do not worry about your passion for your wife, keep loving her, giving to her, and serving her. This is the responsibility you took upon yourself when you married her. Giving is not about you but about her, what she needs and want she wants.

Just like if you had a little child, you could be in a bad mood… so what, you still have to feed the child or the child will simply die. In this situation, if you do not nourish the relationship, the relationship may die.

Once you fulfill your obligation as a man, you can work on finding your passion for life. Of cause first you have to figure out how you lost it, what the passion that sustained you in the past was based on…. Perhaps it is time to reevaluate your vision on where you are going… but all that self-searching must not interrupt your commitment to be a giver to your woman.

Even if it does not feel great to you at the moment…. Great words Peter Reznick, I think you hit it on the head. We are so self-absorbed it becomes hard to see other people, particularly those we live with.

Hopefully his wife is not too superficial to know that as well. This is a beautiful and siple article. We are faced with so many distractions from our one ture relationship with our one true love. Life is the distraction, all of it. And life is also the relationship we have with that one true love. The core of that relationship is Purpose and Dynamic. Purpose is not that complex really, it is what we are in the relationship for at one level yes, but it is more about what is the relationship there to create.

Dynamic is the how, the elements of action and interaction that executed effectively deliver the purpose. Whether, a relationship of marriage, parent, sibling, co worker, with any human being, they exist for a specific purpose and they have a specific dynamic.

Yes be present to the other person, this is vital, AND remain present to the purpose. By doing both, you will create opportunities for each to contribute to each other, to the relationship, and that alone can empower and build self worth and passion for life. Woman are much more about emotions and feelings than anything else. You put it very well…its what I have been trying to explain to my partner. I stop talking and I tell him…your not even listening to me.

Your doing me a courteousy. I dont want sex with you…booty calls is what I left for you. Many stressors and barriers come up…but its the consistent communication…touching me…its more than holding hands…its sharing energy. We shared love to make a child…why cant we continue sharing.

But women…we lack patience…. And the last time you felt an inkling at all? Is there anything in common between those experiences? Good luck, you deserve a full and happy life, go out and make one! I suspect though I am not a councilor in any way that often the focus on work and other things to the detritement of their marriage is often as much a symptom as it is a cause, and it is not the sole responsibility of one to make the other not leave, it is the responsibility of both. People who leave people because they are providing a living for a family do so out of insecurities and greed.

It has nothing to do with love. I was in a sixteen year relationship with a man who had ambition, something to prove and provided a middle class life for me and the children.

He was never present. Even when finally home, he was at the job in his head. You could rarely converse with him and he was always irritated with us for normal things that disrupted his work. Our lives were quietly shelved when he was home. He could never connect with us, and sadly, though I may have lost years waiting for the glimmers when he did, he has missed out on life, and the beauty of connecting with people.

This has an effect on the wife, longing always, trying to be noticed, losing self esteem and ending up lost herself. I left for self preservation. Depression and anxiety had me nearly crippled when we moved and all I had left was my never present man.

I chose poverty and to struggle to live again. I chose my children, my family and real love. No one should wait endlessly to live or love. I wish he could find such a happiness. I get it believe me…, 16 years is a long time. Not just raise a flag. DULL as a whole. Part of it was me being scared. There, I said it. Whatever I have just read it. I m having a relationship in which I give time to my girl and space to her as well. Not the kind where you just lay around in the sun on the beach.

But an actual adventure. Something where you have to always stay busy and always interacting with your wife. It might help get your passion for life back, and doing it with your wife gives you a chance to get to know her again or more about her. Also her about you. Everyone needs to take a break from reality and jump into something crazy and out of the blue. In the world we live in today we are all stuck in one way or another. Thank you for this beautiful post — no matter how long women try to mentor men in emotional intelligence and healing, men need to hear from men thats its valuable, desirable, and possible.

Finding our deepest belonging and passion for life is the quintessential journey to soul that everyone human being is designed to long for, seek, and find. Disconnected from the wild, destroying Nature, our current human culture the world over, does everything to numb us, and keep us in an undeveloped immature adolescence and separate us from what we truly are.

If any man or woman wants to discover their innate aliveness and vigorous Yes for a sacred life of deep meaning, gratitude, and offering their unique soul gifts for the Greater Good, go to the Wild and court the Mystery — with guidance by those few who understand the journey of the human psyche we all long to be witnessed, held, supported and mentored in.

The wounds of our family of origins, our ancestral and cultural legacies can be integrated Wholed and Healed in partnership with Mystery, The Wild and The Dream of The Earth. May we all discover our deepest belonging and know who we are.

I am incredulous at this article. Where is the comment about the woman being present for the man? Why is it assumed that the woman is totally present for the man, and the lousy man is so flawed. I thought marriage was a two way street. My point is, our society is constantly bashing men for any problem that occurs.

Thanks for your comment Mike, and for remaining civil even while discussing a hot topic. Relationships are a two way street. It represents one particular dynamic, one of many patterns that I see in my work.

While true in the sense that it reflects a set of observations, this piece is not meant to be complete. In no way have I attempted to sum up marriage and relationships in a second read!

Also consider that I wrote this article because I care deeply for men and their our! That was not an accident. You announced which side you were on and who was to blame. Look at all of the women who agreed with this article. A wife like that sounds very dependent. I speak this from experience in a marriage where I had a role reversal as the breadwinner.

I really love this comment but this article is really good and informal thank you for the posting gave me a lot of insight. I think I might feel like a rabbit in the headlights if any man did all those things with me….. I think married couples need to remind themselves of two things.

First, it is that they are individuals and that they should never let life get in the way of their personal goals. Individuals need to nourish themselves with activities that make them happy.

Once we are happy with ourselves it is easier to be happier with others as well. Second, it is truth that a relationship also needs to be nourished just the same way as an individuals needs it. Refreshing our relationships requires us to be involved with our partners, to show our appreciation for them, and to share a personal connection with them. My suggestions- Go out on dates, surprise your partner with things they enjoy, show them that you care, allow room for intimacy-emotional and physical.

I think they author of this article had very good intentions and is truly trying to help. I think more emphasis on both men and women and their need to nourish a relationship to keep it alive, is needed here. I am truly glad the article was written as it makes people speak and look into ways to improve their relationships. I look forward to surprising my wife with may be some flowers and some chocolate covered strawberries-because I want to and sometimes actions speak better than words.

May you all be blessed. Of course these guys did not see that line at the end. They just want to blame someone else for their shortcomings. Own them instead of blaming and try to actively read a short passage, without judgement, until the end and see what happens.

That could be the first step in taking some time to understand something foreign to you. Women are usually more relationship oriented, but if we are also working a full time job…well there are only so many hours in the day. It has to be a conscious effort to connect with our men. Make date night a priority! Get away for the weekend, just the two of you, at least once per year. Many men, not all, come home from work and engage in extra curricular activities while the women care for the house and kids.

When you live in a household where the man feels his only obligation to his family is to bring home a pay check, there is a problem. I done both the good and the bad that is stated in this article. I always tried to look into my wife, to pay attention to her, to care about and be consumed by her dreams.

Now we are in the process of divorcing, and I worry about how this will impact my children? I try to put the pieces back together, to understand what exactly I missed or where I went wrong. In the end I really hope that after almost 20 years together this is something I can learn from and actually be a better person. I want to take all of this pain, hurt, loss and try to make something better of my life.

Not live for anyone else except my kids , but live for myself and find personally happiness. I will never understand how someone cheats, and then lies repeatedly to cover up the relationship? Do they really think it will be better? It seems like so much to throw away.

Sean…It seems like you took a page out of my book.. The kids decided to live with me. Did she make you her priority and you never appreciated it? When you were present, were you really present? All things to think about! I am having the same issues, but I am the woman, no other man though.

We also have kids. I want out a lot of the time and have told him so. We seem to have our quarterly chats and he will be better for a couple weeks and then back to same old bs. He was going to counselling also, it was helping.

Life is hard man. Remember there are two people to a relationship, each will have a slightly different story to tell.

Our communication as a couple is actually fantastic. Now if he would just listen. I love this article and just shared it! I see others have written this, but I would say that women can benefit from this advice as well. I know that many of my friends and I are caught up in our lives sometimes and everything seems more important than just focusing on our partners. So, while I agree that our men could be more present, I think this is not just a problem with men. AND, I think you can totally be physically present and not emotionally present.

I think the real underlying issue here is peoples failure to appreciate each other. Also failing to recognise when they are appreciated. People put too much emphasis on material things and pursuing dreams. The reality of the the matter is nobody is owed anything. There are people in the world with nothing and starving to death.. Interesting article but one thing I wonder is why there is such an emphasis on Men pleasing women in our society? In this article it never mentions the woman doing things to inspire the mans attention nor does it address male desires for attention and connection.

I feel this article was direct at what is important to women as the title points to. Understanding what is important to a man would be another article. Eg men needs to feel appreciated. Make your partner a priority and not an option. If you want it to work, you commit to her. Love her,show her, and mean it. If all else fails, go back to 1. She put up a protection bubble for more than 5-years and the damage was DONE.

My honesty was actually selfish. We made it to 29 years after two children.. SO…, hiding is NOT a good idea…, your 3 is correct. She was full of her own baggage at that time. I should have known, although what 24 year old knows much of anything!?

Yes…, she could and should have taken it at face value as being something that most men, even at 24, would EVER do and therefore was worth validating in her husband.. It cost us our marriage over time. Damage done in an immature relationship. Could have lasted until one of us died. Co-existence, innocuous congeniality and stoicism will wreck any marriage. I did the opposite. Which only made me angrier. We should have sought counseling!! And God knows…, women sure look for and want: What a fantastic article.

This is not meant to point the finger at men, its about improving communication. Unfortunately my husband hates to share his feelings, he was like that as a child. This saying comes to mind. I try so hard to improve the situation but I am only half of the pie. Yes, Justice … certainly incomplete. Men also have all of the needs — to be seen, respected, validated, loved and desired — that you have ascribed to women. A quick mention of this fact would have provided some much needed balance to your article while still keeping it short.

The stereotype of the distant, workaholic breadwinner seems a bit dated. The reality is that both partners in any relationship should be actively present and working to fulfill each others needs. Are you talking about me? I left a wonderful man for those reasons. True intimacy happens on many levels…most of all spiritual. I have that with my friends.

Are there any men out there who are willing to be vulnerably intimate? Thank you for writing this. And why do men leave women they love, Justice? Also, why do men refuse to go to counselling and refuse to change, even if it means losing a woman they say they love? This is exactly what I struggle with — my husband and I have been married since , not long by many standards — but long enough to be stuck in a rut that is not going in the right direction. He changed his mind on adopting and that was basically the point I stopped trying to meet him halfway.

OK, let me get this straight; at some point you talked about adopting to add children to the mix. Then he changed his mind.

But instead of realizing he is not the right man to adopt with, the adoption went ahead anyway. Now both of you are unhappy, each for different reasons but both basically about the same thing — bringing a child into the marriage.

Why is it his fault? Once he changed his mind, the discussion should have been about, well, why are well still together when we clearly want different things? Rather than continue on as a married couple that wants to adopt, it was probably time to realize he was not the partner you thought you had, and move on.

They may not fully realize it, but this is the case. How do you look someone in the eye with love and affection when they have worn you down like this, gradually stripping away so much of who you were like a river turning a rough-hewn boulder to a smooth pebble? Some people get trapped in relationships and trapped in lives that they never really wanted or expected. Did you mold or change their life priorities? Do you have any idea what those priorities were before you got together? Not all relationships are like this, of course.

Despite my words, I am actually in a very good one. We both love and empower each other and I am a better man for having married her. I do not believe that women should change men nor the other way around.

If you feel this is going to be a huge sacrifice on your side, learn to set the boundry, you can say no to the other person. Learn to save yourself first and then to protect your relationship.

Love grows from the soil of self-awareness, self-respect and self-acceptance. Good advice on how to help your spouse feel loved. Where is the part where people are supposed to be loyal and honor covenants even when things are difficult? When he took me so much for granted that he started to get verbally abusive — and that got worse over the years- then I left. It broke my heart to do it but what would I have been teaching our kids had I stayed?

We have 3 young children and a broken home. They spend time in both our homes. I didnt want to be alone, but better alone than completely invisible. I am now happy, but I stayed in that marriage too long … I dont know if I will ever risk another relationship again. Excellent article, thank you for telling my story. This works with the coin flipped too. I was, until recently in a relationship that lasted a year. I had a passion for life …. And slowly she ignored ME.

Slowly the contact list until there were days that she would forget me. And when not working i would be there for her. Emotionally and in every way. I had to pull away in the hope that she would get help. I love her still and how she gets help and comes back. Although I had the experience of leaving a man who was so compartmentalized in his work that there was little left for me,, this practice certainly goes both ways. Been married for 36 years. Have had our problems like everybody.

The secret for us is we go our seperate ways. We do whant we want togather or on our own. You must trust your better half doing what you want togather or on you own is the secret. Trust eachother and enjoy life. I understand what the message was, but I think a lot of people like to read these things just to have something to argue about.

I am a wife and mother and I have been married for 25 years. We used to lay on the floor and watch movies together or sit on the couch together and after we were married it all stopped. Nothing changed other than the little piece of paper.

I told him if we are doing this at 25 and 36 yrs old what are we going to be doing at 50 and 61? Not because I have not tried. So this is why this article hits home with me. Oh well I am done… I am no angel but I am there for him. I have been married for 27 years. And my husband treats me the same way, I have tried the same things you tried.

I have met someone and we had lunch, movie and he makes me laugh. In my heart I want to know why want my husband do fun things with me? I am a great woman and I Deserve better I am planning on leaving my husband in may, not because I met someone, because my husband thinks and treats me like a roommate not a wife of 27 yrears. Looking and Praying for Better.

They need open and fair communication. They do need passion. Why is the focus placed on what men do wrong, and not simply on what both parties need to be doing for one another and themselves to maintain a great relationship?

Furthermore, there are women who are terrible to their men who read articles like this and then feel justified in their choices to be super moody and take things out on their men, and make it a big frustrating guessing game for their men to figure out what the best course of action is. So what happens to Police, Medics, Firefighters and the Military? Do they not deserve loyal patient wives? Is the spouse entitled to stray because they have certain needs that take priority over loyalty?

Get her flowers once in awhile. Show appreciation when she does something nice for you. How do you help couples by blaming men for women leaving? Perhaps remind men of what women require, and women of what men require, and how each side can accomplish what is needed.

I am curious to know how you work with couples when they have issues due to a lopsided camp schedule e. Should the man quit his job, and then they can live in a tent with lots of hugs and Kraft dinner? Bob, I work with couples who have issues due to camp schedules much like I work with most other couples. This can include but is not limited to: This just happened to me.

My husband is on facebook from the time we get home til we go to bed every day. On it all weekend too. It was so subtle at first and it took me by surprise. I fell madly in love with him. I never cheated on my husband. I did what was best. Unfriend him and stay away from him at work.

But my heart is in shreds. I miss this guy so much. I never fell in love with my husband. We married for more logical reasons. I have cried so many tears over this. I feel like an object. He just wants an outlet for sex. I told him I felt lonely. Tonight I got home and found him passed out drunk on the bathroom floor. At the end of the day we are both still married to other people.

I hope time heals my broken heart. Get off your ass and get your husbands attention. This articles additide is defeatist and pathetic. The biggest problem with marriage is by the time your kids are grown up you have both lost most of your friends to their own lives and children so neither of you have anyone to do things with.

Like any article their are valid points but you basically want men to quit being men just like every other article being written today. Go find some new girlfriends and I will find some guys to play a round of golf with or go fishing and we can tell each other about our day over a nice dinner and bottle of wine.

If we have anything left over from our day I will gladly make love to you and make sure you are taken care of first. I just had to comment, I am a man that lost my WIFE, I loved her more than life, I told her everyday, several times, I loved touching her, talking with her, we spent hours on the phone, we had the party home, always hosting a party. She quit talking to me, I would notice her moods ad ask her what was wrong, always nothing, sometimes weeks would go by and no talking, drove me crazy.

We are divorced now, she crosses my mind every night in my dreams, I see her face and it wakes me, I find myself reaching for her in bed only to find her empty side of the bed. I miss her terribly. She was so smart and fun to be around, always the spotlight person. I thought I would be with her for the rest of my life, now I have memories and an empty heart, I will never find another like her because she was the only one for me.

No doubt in my mind. Aaaai its amazing how I have been waiting for a man who treats me like the way you treated your wife Bill. All the guys I meet are cold and just dont have time. The recent guy didnt even believe in holding hands or just seating next to me. He called when it suit him and didnt believe in spoiling me for my birthday or special days like mothers day or christmas….. As an article written by marriage counsellor, looking to generate more work counselling couples with failing marriages, I would have to say that this article is probably no doubt a success.

For, just like the military recruiter promising late teenage boys adventure in the military, it is heavy on potential and silent on cost. I may have only two degrees and been married only 27 years so perhaps there is more for me to learn, but.

We live in a safe, peaceful, wealthy society that has been created largely through the sacrifices of tens of millions of men who demonstrate their love and devotion to the women in their lives by making the personal sacrifices derided throughout this article.

Do you think men want to commute 20 hours a week? Do you think that men only want to see their children at the end of the day with the first expectation that they assist the tired children with their homework and then ensure bed times are adhered to?

Do you think that men want to come home to a spouse itching for a fight after watching TV soap opera fights and quarreling with the children?

Articles like this, and many modern women, bemoan how difficult the life of the modern western woman is without taking the most logical route of just leaving this society behind and swapping places with another woman elsewhere in the world. Or… if that is too big a step, swap places with your spouse, work a job you hate that destroys your body so that your spouse can live in the proper neighbourhood for your children, quash contact with your friends and family so your spouses friends and family can retain priority and make sure that your spouse greets you everyday with either a list of problems or a verbal assault..

Then invert his need for physical intimacy with your need for emotional intimacy and require that ONLY he provide you with emotional intimacy. The problem is that modern women and their marriage counsellors have taken leave of their senses. For those formenting such discourse for the purpose of financial gain, I say this; I pray you get to spend eternity explaining to all the children harmed by the publication and distribution of this trash how a stable childhood for them was less important than a few pieces of silver temporarily in your wallet.

Underneath the axe-grinding, accusations and polarizations, I hear the familiar and legitimate pain and anger of a man who has made sacrifices. Toby, I shared some simple observations and invited men to try experimenting with the quality of attention they give their spouse.

To the tune of five minutes per day. The rest is your projection, and I offer it back to you. My issues are not really this. They are more important I think, but what I do wholeheartedly agree on is that people leave each other they really love, which is so tragic. My wife left me and moved to another state.

My wife also called to read me this article. The principles stated in the article are true. Men, take the time to connect with your wife. Connect on a level that she understands. Women, if you find yourself in this situation, that these word apply to you, take a good long look at yourself. Why is he withdrawing? The irony for me is my wife found this posting on facebook.

Hours would go by, no connection, no interaction other than …. She would sit on the end of the couch with computer in lap for hours and then ask me where the romance had gone, instructing me to be more romantic.

We used to walk every night, hand in hand. I loved it, it was the best part of my day. I would work my job, take care of the yard, clean the house, cook many of the meals and take care of the animals that she wanted, help her with her aging mother, help with my adult disabled son and my aging mother all the while she went on lunch dates with her girl friends, watched hours and hours of TV and sat on facebook.

I asked for help but very little was forthcoming. The five minutes the author suggests as connect time were spent watching her surf facebook.

You get the idea. So ladies, what are you doing to help your man recharge his batteries? Reading about romance online is not being romantic. When your man asks for help do you listen? Or do you get angry and withdraw. Are you doing your part so he can do his? Are you willing to connect on his level or must he connect on yours, or better yet a combination of the two. Relationships are always cause and effect. If you are not getting your connect time ……..

When the fights, arguments, etc. Apparently by playing with the kids, going to work, cleaning around the house, etc. Yet she wanted my attention nonstop, constantly, all the time, every waking moment. That to me is selfish. She would be jealous of me playing with our daughter, as though our little girl was going to steal me from her. It was her who fell out of love. I agree more with your comment than I did or even do with this initial article. I find it disgusting to no end that women in this era we live in, are so selfish, so entitle minded, so quick to up and leave at the drop of a hat, with not only any feelings of regret for what she may put her husband through, but also what is absent, is the very little care they have over where that leaves their child.

Hate me or love me, heres my story, and it parallels perfect with Johns Story, After leaving the military, I had met my now fiancee of 5 years. When I met her, I had no doubt in my mind, the plans for our lives together I had, and the passion I had to pursue them, as a result, our first child was born.

Little by little she got really distanced, then the withdraw from sex came, which did huge damage to me personally, as before she loved the act, on top of working my ass off, getting injured while ensuring she could be a stay at home mom in relative comfort, I would come home, and be forced into cleaning a kitchen at 4 am for an hour because the smell was intolerable.

You see, the thing about what Im about to say is, women want this picture perfect idea of a family, yet they have no positive example for them to root their ideology in, besides the waste of brain cells that is sitcom shit, and if you ever watched that crap and you were a self respecting man, you would feel as I do, that those ideals have no place in a nuclear family whatsoever, why you may ask????

I sacrificed everything for my family, and for her, and you know what I got in return???? I ve heard it all, shit I should have never been told, or maybe I should have? I was told that I dont have me time??? I then proceded to ask her if there was someone else, of course the answer was no…. I felt at this point that the ball was in my court, and if I ever wanted more respect, I needed to step up, and do all the shit that she, and this proverbial fucked up society expects out of me, and just man up and go harder in my endeavors.

However, the self pity and self loathing came to a screeching halt, as I found out that there was someone on the side, someone who clearly didnt give a shit that we are still a family, and someone who for the life of me, I cant stop fantacizing about ripping apart. She has destroyed us, and whatever we once were, if we were ever even anything at all. At this point, we remain together, but its a brutal relationship.

I feel as though I hold it all together for the sake of my daughter, I have told my woman that I no longer trust her, and she needs to earn my trust by being honest, by being sincere, by maybe defending me from her chicken shit ass family who she allows to berate and insult me to no end, she allows her mother, who has children from different men, two of which dont even know who their real dad is, to insult me, to put down my actions whenever convenient, and to say Im half or less than a man because I dont live up to her idea, sorry but her idea is far from what or who I am, IM BETTER THAN THAT.

I have also put my foot down on the level of disrespect that takes place in my home, alot of you women on this thread are going to hate me fast for what I am about to say, but she has pushed me to the point where its just a matter of time before she gets a reality check to her face, and she would be lucky if not blessed to get back up from the hit.

I have been clear with her on this, and I told her she would not ever set me up to have my paternal rights taken from me. For now, its an uneasy calm in my home, mostly for my daughters sake. My only aim in life, is to finish my IT schooling, so I can make what I need to make to fully support myself and my daughter, and then her ass is out of this picture. She has taken me for a ride I did not sign up for. My way out, not only ensures a positive and healthy upbringing for my daughter, but would also take her into consideration in ways her mother falls grossly short in.

She will value herself to such an enormous degree, and will respect herself as well. Just put it this way, you can write all the man hating blogs you want, to get brownie points from a bunch of unaccountable individuals who will only appease you in the short term, but know this…..

Keeping a level head and sanity to do right is a fucking near impossible task with the way you want to be manipulative towards maybe the only great man who has ever stepped in your life and gave a shit about you. I give my daughter the greatest example of what a man is……and at the end of the day, the misandrist culture is worthless to any degree, so long as I continue to keep my daughter at the forefront of all of my decisions and actions.

I would apologize for my language at this point, but I dont hear any women apologizing for being instrumental to running their childrens fathers out of their lives based on impulse….

I like what you said about teaching your daughter to value and respect herself. Any woman with self respect would not behave the way your wife has. Good for you for not letting her make you bitter. I would just like to say it is a two way street. So what happens to the man that gives his all, works away from home. Hard worker, good father, always supporting and caring for the family?

Gives all that he possibly can, should he deserve a patient wife? Or should that wife just reap the resources of his job and passion for life, just to get up and leave him all together. A clean cut example of what I mean, I can remember the colour of my previous partners eyes just by closing mine, could she remember the colour of mine if I closed mine in front of her? Sorry for the rant but these are my opinions, I apologise if I insult anyone and I also apologise for the terrible grammar throughout, my battery is dying lol.

The simple truth is we all think and have our own perspectives and ideals, the key is communication and willingness to better understand our spouses, partners and working TOGETHER to reach a resolve. I can no more change the way my husband thinks and processes then he can of me and I accept that open heartedly.

Do I wish he could be more present in my ideals of what present encompasses of course, have we talked and argued over it, you betcha. At the end of the day do I know he loves me, YES!! It takes two to correct a marriage that has gone stale, stagnate, or a relationship if both parties involved are willing to fight for what they once had or want.

Yes my thoughts too.. Even if that man has poured himself into her life, is it all one sided, If a man gives and gives even when they are only met with lies, contempt and disention?? I wonder about how women have treated men, to bring a man to a state of apathy toward her?!

I am asking questions, I know very little, but I know if you cut a man, he bleeds! I know the article raises many questions. The intention was to share a story based on my unique observations, and to offer new possibilities. The reason that three million people have now read the piece and shared it and commented on it is, I believe, largely because they see themselves in it.

It is their story. Brian, Your questions are good and reasonable. The answers that I hear in my office are numerous. Some might be your story. Life is hectic, no spouse is perfect, myself included and we are still learning, we have been together eight years, married for 5.

I found extreme comfort in this article, this is the number one issue in our personal relationship,I was even more comforted in knowing that this is a general issue and that we are going through something other couple face. So thank you very much for this article. I enjoyed reading all the thoughts and perspectives of those who took the time to comment! Much different than coming from a place of demands, resentment, or even reason.

It often takes real courage to be authentically vulnerable. This piece IS a direct aim at lousy men. Otherwise justice would not keep defending himself but instead give reason or dictation as to why or how women play the part other than the victim.

I was married and was a devoted husband. I worked 14 hrs a day so she would not have to. I would cook, clean, do the dishes, laundry and any other chores. Yet, she could not understand when I would explain or ask her for help around the house. The woman had a college degree but refused to work. Her usual day was sitting at home eating snacks watching soap operas to which I would come home and pick up the wrappers she would just throw on the floor.

Even in bed I would do my best to fulfill her needs even as she would leave me wanton. But again this is a story about the worthlessness of men by some neutered feminist. The real answer is simple. Mutual respect and adoration for one another. How much self respect will you allow yourself before calling it quits. For me it was coming home and finding her in bed with her old high school flame. The author I believe understands that in todays society women outnumber men 3 to 1.

Its all about those benjamins. But I really would love to learn more Justice. When did you say the piece on women was coming out?

Ill be sure to read it. Until then husbands love and respect your wives. Wives love ans respect your husbands. Shaun, If someone asks a direct question that I have a direct answer to, I provide it. Generally though, relationships are more nuanced than that. Many, many people want easy answers to their relationship challenges. But we have to find our way to those answers through our own experience. My role is guide, ally, companion.

Maybe women feel justified leaving in this situation because the man already left. His physical body may be present, but his mental, emotional, and spiritual self is gone. If that is true, why did he feel justified leaving in the first place?

The article focuses on how women may be justified in leaving men for another man. Does this mean the man should feel justified for leaving the woman emotionally?

The problem with the article is the victim-blaming tone, and its double standard. Of course women can leave relationships, just as men can.

In this category, women usually have a lot more at stake committing resources to children , speaking very generally, which gives men a power advantage. This is a basic biological dynamic shown anywhere animals reproduce sexually. Females have to be vigilant against deceptive strategies. Nothing wrong with this either. They probably have their own perfectly valid reasons for their behavior. In short, the dynamic described by the article is a lot more complex, and people should carefully weight their options and pursue paths that best meet their needs, disregarding sunk costs.

In my eyes, there is no victim and no villain in the story. It sounds like you may be getting a bit defensive from all the negative responses, even though there may be far more positive responses. The tone of your article absolutely does go very far down the route of justifying women leaving men, and putting the blame on the men. Feel free to set me straight on that. To me, it seems like it just feeds the problem by reinforcing one side at the expense of the other.

My intention is to clarify my intent. I do believe that it is OK to leave a marriage or relationship. My bias is to serve the client. I completely agree with your key points about unsuited couples, societal duties and the deeper issues that drive relationships. This is the nuts and bolts of my work.

An article like this can only get people thinking. As for reinforcing one side at the expense of the other, that clearly does happen, but it is optional, and is not my intention. Thanks for your thoughts! Only what comes naturally, stays. Article further strengthens my belief after 20 years marriage, that I have forgotten to live, to live naturally. I am living just to keep a commitment I made 20 years back to a woman.

It may sound depressing, but search your soul before responding. He possesses a lot of great qualities along with some not so great ones. He never wants to do anything together as a couple. He says like what? And low and behold we do nothing.. What would you suggest I do in this situation? What if despite all the aforementioned things she tells you that she will never WANT sex. What if no matter how many times you tell her that the one thing you want is not for her to have sex with me, but for her to desire me, for her to want me to please her, and to want to be pleased by me, she refuses to understand….

I just read the article, and its what I have been trying to tell my husband for a very long time. You leave me alone too much. While your secluded in our bedroom playing video games after working 11 hours and the rest of your family is watching a movie or playing a board game or just spending time together, and your in there.

No passion, no romance, no emotions. You might be in the other room but you are not here. I keep making excuses. And on your days off where are you? In the same room playing the same video games, and Im here alone with the kids. Then you get angry when I want to leave. Im a stay at home mom, I do everything laundry,clean, cook. I wish I could leave. This article and really this whole endeavor has changed me and enlightened me in the sense of knowing how to maintain a healthy loving relationship.

This gets tricky with emotional abuse. And that goes for all parties. Men has his needs too, and to ask everything from a man is I think a very wrong way of asking for recognition.

I mean in a healthy relationship we dont need the other person for us have self worth, they are there appreciate and commend us not really complete us. The point is to just give a little attention to your partner and you are one step closer to a better place and becoming more a single unit again to be able to become closer to being more flexible on things together, understand each other together, make decisions together, and appreciate each other together.

Marriage is an artificial institution that should be abolished. Our ancestors were promiscuous and raised children communally.

All the current institution of marriage does is keep divorce lawyers doing brisk business. Your marriage is a sham. Leave and leave today. This happened to my parents 2 years ago.

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