Number one secret is the “T-Rex Rule” learned it from Jurassic Park – Wives are like a T-Rex. If you don’t move, they can’t see you. If she gets pissed off, hold still and be quiet. One of the kids will surely do something to piss her off and get her attention!
The cats do no wrong in my wife’s eyes, so it works a bit backwards, cat screws up, cat cuddles with the wife, I have to fix what the cat screwed up. It is a messed up system but what can you do. I love the little bastards as well. We are currently in negotiations in expanding the family by one baby. Possibly next year.