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When To Keep Mum

9 Things You Should Never Say to Your Husband

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  • "You always..." or "You never... "

    "These are two phrases I advise couples never to use," says Ford, "because they set up an instant, negative tone. They halt communication, and they put the other person on the defensive." These blanket statements can make your husband feel unfairly attacked, and chances are that he'll just fire back with all the times he did help.

    If there are legitimate problems you'd like to address (he really does tend to leave his tools all over the garage floor or often forgets to put gas in the car after driving it), then avoid generalizing and try to focus on the issue at hand while also communicating how his actions make you feel: "When you come home with an empty tank of gas, I feel like you don't care about the next person who has to drive the car—which is usually me." Ford suggests adding the phrase "would you be willing...?" Try this: "Would you be willing to fill up the car when it gets below a quarter tank?" Most men are willing to do most anything that'll make you happy—it's all in how you ask.

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