Healthy Relationships: How to Get Your Husband to Help Around the House
Healthy relationships are partnerships. You've got to help each other out—even when it comes to doing housework.
Here is some relationship advice:
- Try to keep things positive. You don't want to nag your hubby (since that never get anyone anywhere!) The truth is that most husbands are doing much more housework than their fathers ever did, so they are often surprised when their wives are critical.
- Don't be afraid to speak up about what is bothering you. Sometimes women expect men to know what to do or just go ahead and do it without anyone asking.
- Remember that doing housework is often more of a priority to the average woman than the average man, so you may need to spell things out.
- Make sure you are in agreement about what needs to be done. Then decide who is responsible for which chores. Maybe you'll cook if he cleans up the kitchen. To maintain a healthy relationship, avoid resentment.
- If you've talked things through and your partner is still not doing his share of the housework, then you can go on strike. But if you stop doing your share, make sure to tell him why— or else you'll need some serious relationship advice!
- One option, if you can afford it, is to hire someone to do the housework.
Keep things in perspective. Having a healthy relationship is more important than whether the toilet is clean!