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Does your husband ever complain that you're too bossy? Even if he doesn't, chances are you know if you've crossed the line from making reasonable requests to being downright demanding. For instance, you love when he does the grocery shopping, but find yourself yelling at him for buying the chunky spaghetti sauce instead of plain -- again. The kids hate chunky; doesn't he know that? Things like, "You're never helpful!" come out of your mouth. And when he offers to go back to the store for the right sauce, you bark something like "It's too late; dinner's already ruined!"
Sound familiar? The problem with this scenario, and the many others like it that play out in homes across America, is that it only makes the husband -- your husband -- more resentful, and ultimately less likely to do what you want. The trick is to get him to do what you need him to do without copping a bossy attitude. Here, some tips:
Taking the time to think before you act will not only help you get your feelings heard but your needs met. We promise your husband will be grateful, too.