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Be Straightforward and Specific

Ask directly for what you want your spouse to do. “Remember that your spouse is not a mind reader,” says Dr. Sarah Klagsbrun, a child psychiatrist and mom of three in New York City. It may be a no-brainer to you that when half of dinner lands on the floor, the next step is to clean it up instead of nestling into the couch to watch TV, but he may need you to connect the dots. “Try not to get angry that it’s not intuitive for him,” she suggests. “Be as specific as possible without being condescending.”

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