Husband and Housework: Getting Him to Help

2. Be passive-aggressive
"I say, 'Sorry, honey, I couldn't wash your clothes because I was too busy cleaning the bathroom,' and 'Sorry, honey, I couldn't cook your favorite food because I was too busy vacuuming the house,' and 'Sorry, honey, I couldn't take your suits to the dry cleaner because I was too busy taking your children to their activities.' I make sure that the chores I do for him come after all the other chores are done." -- Harriet

3. Talk it out
"I had to constantly make him realize that this generation is a generation of parents who both have to work and I am equally as tired as he is after a day's work. Then it finally happened. He does all the laundry now, and when I have to give the two kids a bath right after dinner, he takes care of loading the dishwasher. Remember, though -- it won't take you anywhere if you nag. It was a constant 'talk' in the most civilized way ... he understood eventually." -- Lizzie

4. Think sexy
"Do the house chores in your bra and panties, let him watch for a little while, and when he can't watch anymore tell him he has to help a little before you can help him. I bet you he'll always want to do housework on his days off, and it'll probably spice up your sex life, too."
-- Hectate426

5. Make it a game
"It all started as I would ask him to race me in cleaning the house. I would clean the kitchen and bathroom, while he did the living room and both the bedrooms. It worked out that after a while there was no need for me to tell him what I wanted or needed to be done." -- Wendy

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