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  • Nagging: Marriages #1 Enemy

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    Nobody likes someone who nags. But when it comes to relationships, especially marriages, nagging can be very destructive. The Wall Street Journal discusses further in their article Meet the Marriage Killer: Nagging

    Death by a Thousand Reminders

    Is nagging a problem in your relationship? Here are some tips for both partners to help curb it.

    Calm down—both of you. Recognize the pattern you are in and talk about how to address it as a team. You will both need to change your behavior, and ground rules can help.

    Look at it from the other person's perspective. 'Honey, when you ignore me I feel that you don't love me.' 'I feel that you don't appreciate what I am already doing when you nag me.'

    If you are the nagger, realize you are asking for something. Use an 'I' not a 'you' statement. Say 'I would really like you to pay the Visa bill on time,' instead of 'You never pay the bill on time.'

    Explain why your request is important to you. 'I worry about our finances when you pay the bill late. We can't afford to pay late fees.'

    Manage your expectations. Make sure you are asking for something that is realistic and appropriate. Does the light bulb need to be changed immediately?

    Set a timeframe. Ask when your partner can expect to finish the task. ('Can you change the car oil this weekend?') Let him tell you when it works best for him to do it.

    If you are the naggee, give a clear response to your partner's request. Tell her honestly if you can do what she asks and when. Then follow through. Do what you say you will do.

    Consider alternative solutions. Maybe it's worth it to hire a handyman, rather than harm your relationship with arguing.

    Read more at The Wall Street Journal

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