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Avoid Criticism

“If your spouse thinks he can’t ever do anything ‘right’ or ‘your way,’ he won’t be willing to help you again,” says Dr. Klagsbrun. Yes, it’s annoying when half the canister of formula ends up on the kitchen counter instead of in the bottle, but at least the baby is getting fed, right? “After you specifically ask for what you want, relinquish control and do not hover,” adds Dr. Klagsbrun. “Give your partner the freedom and confidence to discover his own way of tackling the task at hand.” In other words, you may need to bite your tongue ... really hard.

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