I have begged and pleaded and tried my very best to convince men friends to write a guest post for my menopause blog.

Some have turned me down with a smile, some with a quite serious shake of the head. And others have kindly agreed to write a guest post, but I am still waiting, gentlemen.

Up until now! Without any cajoling, I found in my inbox the other day, a guest post from a man of men, Santa Claus!

Santa writes:

Hi Ladies! As most of you know, I don’t just watch the kids. I watch all of you, especially you menopausal ladies.  Mrs. Claus, who is long past the roller coaster ride, had a tough time. I did all I could to help out my North Pole Missus.

I want to help you,too, being the giving soul that I am. Here are some great tips for menopause, just in time for the holidays, from a man’s point of view:

  • Speak up! I tell my elves not to suffer in silence. If things aren’t going so well  in the toy workshop, let me know. The same goes for partners. I can’t read the minds of elves or my wife. Let the man in your life know what you are thinking and feeling, especially when menopause makes you as gloomy as the Grinch.
  • We men aren’t nearly as concerned as you are about your wrinkles or sags or age spots. I’m glad to put some makeup and potions under the tree for you, but you really don’t need them. To a man, you’re lovely as you are!
  • Don’t worry so much about your weight over the holidays. My stomach looks like a bowl full of jelly. Most men develop at least a small pooch themselves. Live and enjoy! Tis the season!
  • As far as the bedroom goes, Mrs. Claus and I figured out that it’s best to make dates. In fact, if you promise you won’t tell the teenagers, I’ll let you in on a secret: Our favorite rendezvous of the year is on Christmas Eve, when I return to our cozy cottage in the frozen north after my jaunt around the world.

Just a few tips for you lovely ladies, and all my good wishes for a happy, hot flash free 2013! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Me again: Thanks Santa, for the great post!



Barbara Younger

Barbara Younger blogs from her home in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Along with Friend for the Ride: Encouraging Words for the Menopause Roller Coaster (http://friendfortheride.com), she writes books for children and adults. She lives in an old house with her husband Cliff. and collections of everything from dolls to buttons to bookmarks. She's the mother of two grown daughters and the grandmother to one adorable baby boy!

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