Lazy Spouse Alert: 17 Ways to Help Your Partner Pitch In

Share the load: Get a spouse who doesn't help around the house to deal with diapers, dishes and more (18 Photos)

Rebecca Raphael on Oct 17, 2011 at 2:04PM

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Be Straightforward and Specific

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a Rebecca Raphael on Sep 28, 2011 at 12:10PM

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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