How to get what you want without getting on his nerves.
Do you feel like you're always asking your husband to do the same things over and over again? Honey, did you remember to pick up the dry cleaning? Honey, don't forget to put down the toilet seat! If this sounds familiar, you might want to consider a more effective — and less annoying — way to get what you want.
... because there's nothing worse than a relentless nag.
Is your girlfriend or wife constantly telling you the same thing over and over again ("Take out the trash!" "Go to the doctor!" "Don't sit like that!"). Do you want it to stop without it negatively affecting your relationship?
Studies show that a lack of communication is the number one reason couples break up or get divorced. Nagging is a major culprit — relentless reminders, suggestions and advice on how, when and why we should do things. But what are some of the other bad communication habits that erode away at couples?
"Put down the toilet seat!" "Clean the gutters!" "Change the light bulb!" These 'obvious' bits of nagging are actually the laziest forms of relationship clichés. [Yawn.] Not all women are naggers, and not all men are nag-ees. That said, nagging does happen. And because it's so hard for men and examples. (I may have exagerrated just a little, but you get the point.)
What You Say: "Oh, are you playing Madden again?"
What He Hears: "Video games are for teenage boys or fat virgins. When will you grow up and become a man with self-respect? You disgust me."
A closer look at the communication breakdown that leads to nagging ... and what to do about it.
Have you noticed that we don't typically nag the most obvious people in our lives, like our annoying co-workers or irritating neighbors? Rather, we save our nagging for those closest to us ... but why?
If you're reading this, it's likely that you may have—at one point or another—experienced nagging in your relationship. Hey, believe us, you're not alone. Welcome to Nag-Free Week, a seven-day event encouraging readers to join together to stop nagging and start communicating more effectively.