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My Husband Is Turning Me into a Nag!

I never used to consider myself to be a "nag." But now I feel that all I do is pester my husband to do the things I ask! I don't understand why my husband won't simply take out the trash or carry the heavy things out to the garage when I ask him to. Instead, he either waits a month until I finally give up asking and do it myself (and make no mistake, he doesn't feel bad that it takes me an hour to scoot something heavy out to the garage by myself) or just says "I'll do it later" when I ask for the 500th time. This is sooooo frustrating! It's not like he even picks up after himself around the house, he's certainly not put upon to do stuff around here. He could at least help when I ask!!! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make a husband do things the first time instead of me nag nag nagging?

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Trust me I know how you feel.My husband is the same way. I asked him to take out the trash, he didnt. I waited to take it out to see how long it would take him and I finally ended up taking out 4 bags of trash 2 days later. I called his attention to this and his responce was "you work 60 hr a week and see if you feel like taking out the trash" I finally found something that works.(at least for the trash anyways)I bag up the trash and set in in front of the front door so he has to move it to get out the door for work. It was pain for me but it got him in the habit of taking it out so now He gets it out of the can before he goes to work everyday. Just like with kids.. baby steps. lol good luck.

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Found this article, and thougth you may find it useful---happy reading
:)

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Living Ephesians 5: Wives, Respect your Husband
by Nancy C. Anderson

My husband, Ron, admits that he used to be jerk, but I discovered a
secret
formula that turned him into a loving husband: I started treating him
like
a
VIP. Ron always wanted me to respect him, but I thought he had to earn
it
and I had to feel it, before I could do it. Wrong.

We women are very good at pointing out our husbands' faults and
failures and
punishing them for not meeting our needs, but that only leads to
discontent
and distance in our marriages. We all know that yelling, nagging, and
belittling are disrespectful and ineffective. So I'm suggesting a
radical
concept: Treat him like a king, and eventually, he will begin to treat
you
like a queen. <

Instead of waiting for him earn your respect, behave respectfully and
watch
him grow into the man God designed him to be.

Twenty five years ago, our marriage was on the brink of divorce. I was
controlling, critical and disrespectful so Ron was defensive and angry.
We
were both Christians but neither of us was living a sprit-filled life.
I
was
letting my emotions determine my actions and thought it was Ron's job
to
make me happy. But through a series of miracles (read my book for the
whole
story) we made a decision to rebuild our marriage.

We went to a Christian counselor who read Ephesians 5:33 "Nevertheless
let
each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let
the
wife see that she respects her husband" and said "Nancy, the only way
you
will win Ron back and stay married is if you begin to respect your
husband."

I knew he was right so I swallowed hard and came up with a plan. Here
are
three of the ways I began to respect Ron: They are easy to remember
because
they spell out the goal -- to treat him like a V.I.P.

Respect him Verbally, Intellectually, and Physically.

Verbally

Cut out (ok...cut back) complaining and add in compliments.

If you want to have a peaceful, happy marriage, learn the art of the
compliment. Compliments are like magnets and the more you compliment
your
husband the more he will be attracted to you. Begin to notice when he
does
it right and verbally encourage him by complimenting him at least once
a
day. If you are having a hard time thinking of anything to admire,
consider
these categories: physical traits, mental skills, financial strengths,
spiritual growth, or healthy relationships with others (children,
parents,
or friends).

You may be asking "Hey, why should I compliment him when he NEVER
compliments me?" Because, if you want your marriage to grow and bloom,
you'll have to water it with kindness and encouragement. Then, as he
sees
your sincere efforts, he will begin to change too. Don't give up.

If you do need to bring up a difficult issue, place it between two
compliments, also known as a "Compliment Sandwich." Here's an example,
"Honey, I know how hard you work for our money and that Sally's braces
will
be expensive, but I need your decision before her appointment tomorrow.
I
hope we can do this for her, but if you want to wait, I trust your
judgment.
What should I tell the orthodontist? "

Intellectually

Men like to solve problems and fix things. So appeal to his
intelligence by
asking him to help you solve a problem. Instead of saying "This garage
is a
mess, clean up your camping stuff!" Try, "I'd like your help with
something.
Could you figure out a storage system for all the camping supplies?"

Don't imply that he isn't smart. Instead of saying "I think you are
wrong
about..." Say, "I'm confused about...please explain it again" (Remember
to
keep your tone of voice sarcasm-free.)

Request his help on Spiritual matters too. Ask him to explain a passage
of
Scripture or ask him to pray for you when you are going through a
difficult
time. If your husband is not the spiritual leader in your home,
continue to
pray for him and ask him if there is anything you are doing that is
hindering his relationship with God.

Men don't give a lot of weight to feelings -- show them facts and
they'll be
more likely to listen. For example: if he wants to buy a car that you
think
is too expensive, don't launch into a hissy-fit, write out your monthly
expenses and ask him what other things should be cut out in order to
buy
his
car. Let the facts speak for you.

When you cannot reach an agreement, instead of trying to wear him down
by
nagging or crying say, "Is that your final decision or can I still try
to
convince you?" If it's his final decision, then honor it. It's freeing
-
let
him carry the responsibility of your family.

Physically

Physically -- ask what he would like you to do and then, do it. Find
out
what his top three needs are. Ron likes the laundry done, physical
intimacy
a least twice a week (guaranteed) and he likes me to keep my
"girly-make-up
stuff" off of the bathroom counter. If these top needs are met, he's
content
and easy to get along with. I know it sounds simple, but each of us
have
different things that make us feel loved and appreciated. You won't
know
what he wants unless you ask him.

Be aware of your body language. You can communicate disrespect by
rolling
your eyes, crossing your arms, or slamming doors. Reflect your new
decision
to respect your husband in your heart, mind, and body.

Change your attitude and actions

Respect is both a verb and a noun: an action and an attitude so begin
today
to respect your husband in thought, word, and deed. He will be more
willing
and able to give you the love and affection you need if he is respected
and
admired. When I began to respect my husband, he was skeptical at first.
However as he saw that I was committed to change, he began to treat me
differently - lovingly. We now teach at couples' events, helping others
discover the blessings of true love in action.

Ask the Lord to strengthen you as you obey His word.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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Trust me I know how you feel.My husband is the same way. I asked him to take out the trash, he didnt. I waited to take it out to see how long it would take him and I finally ended up taking out 4 bags of trash 2 days later. I called his attention to this and his responce was "you work 60 hr a week and see if you feel like taking out the trash" I finally found something that works.(at least for the trash anyways)I bag up the trash and set in in front of the front door so he has to move it to get out the door for work. It was pain for me but it got him in the habit of taking it out so now He gets it out of the can before he goes to work everyday. Just like with kids.. baby steps. lol good luck.

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M.,

Is your husband active in your child's life? Is he still interested in things he used to love? Is he committed to his work? Or does he just sit and watch tv all day? The reason why I am asking is that your husband may be suffering from depression. Depression affects men differently than it does women. Men often become angry, resentful, and they quit caring about things, about helping out. If the other suggestions don't work, you might want to research depression and see if you think it might be the problem. Just a thought.

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I don't have any advice because I am going through the same thing. I think you wrote about me!!! Hopefully someone can help us!!

M.,

Boy oh, boy, has Grace got it right. Read and then reread her response. And, if you're like me, print it out, mark it up with highlighters and put it in your Scriptures, diary or other place where you will see it, every day.

I am the survivor of 5 previous bad, (ok, 4 previous bad and 1 he was the great guy and I messed it up), relationship/marriages, and FINALLY got it right. My current husband is everything I wished I had had from round one. And, I make the effort to tell him so every-single-day. Even if it is in bed right before he falls asleep. But every-single-day he hears how much I appreciate...something...about him. Some days it's his looks, other days it's his patience, still others where I tell him how he has fullfilled a dream, helped me to attain a goal, whatever.

In one of the previous relationships, between the two of us, we had nine children. I used to joke that I really had ten, the nine little ones and the one I was with. Now, I realize how degrading that was, even while it was done in fun and with humor. Naughty me.

Grace is also correct in telling you that it isn't (and, no one wants to hear this), him that needs the changin'---it's US. You. Me. We. The woman. We are responsible for OUR thoughts, actions, speech-ing, (poor word there, I know). No ONE makes you do anything. Each of us are responsible for OUR OWN actions. So, OWN your self. I'm not sure where I saw this, but it so makes sense. "If you want something, (someone), to change, change yourself. Your attitude, your behavior, your thought process. Not only will you see a dramatic change in the thing, (one), wanted to see the change in, you'll see a drastic and freeing change in yourself.

Besides, none of us want to live with/be around/deal with on a daily basis someone who is unpleasant/demanding/ungrateful/whatever negative word you wish to put in here. But everyone is attracted to someone who is a pleasant/grateful/humble/cheerful person.

Become the whatever, (insert adjective here), you are wanting him to be and show him by example what it is you want, he will follow. Maybe not on the first try, or even the second or third, but he will follow. And, once you've got him there, don't forget to tell him every-single-day something about him that you like/love/appreciate. He'll stay then, too, because you will have become the one that it pleases him to please you.

I hope this helps.

Yours in Christ,

M. Raye

Oh wow.....do i ever feel for you. I am going through the exact same thing!!! I don't have much as far as advice to give you but I wanted to let you know you are so not alone!
Kris

Honey, you deserve the respect that your husband is NOT giving you. I don't care if you aren't the perfect wife, or if you feel like he gives so much to the family you need to cut him slack, IT IS NOT OKAY for him to not respect you. Believe it! When he ignores you and disregards your feelings, he is not respecting you. And he is in turn teaching your son to do the same thing.

Me, I am an upfront person. I would probably confront my husband one-on-one in an environment with no distractions (honey, let's go to the living room and sit down, we need to talk). I would tell him that I am unhappy about something and feel like he is not pulling his weight around the house with simple tasks. I would tell him that when I ask for help I need help, and shouldn't have to feel like I am asking too much or that what I want doesn't matter to him. Ask him why he won't help out and whether he simply doesn't care about your feelings. Listen to what he has to say about it. Maybe he's acting that way because of something that's bothering him that you're doing. Be willing to listen to him too and work out a solution to whatever seems to be the problem.

I don't think couples communicate nearly enough and don't listen to each other, and working out a WORKING relationship is hard work- it can't be done separately you've got to do it together.

If you want to do something passive you can- by hiring someone else to do the work or letting his dishes pile up at his spot at the table until HE does them for a change. It might work. But doing something like that probably won't address the real problem, whatever it is. I would be more worried about why he isn't helping than just devising a way to MAKE him do it.

I do think that getting him to commit to doing it is a lot different that just asking him. "Could you take out the trash?" and getting no response is different than asking he responds - even if you just get a "Sure honey" and if he doesn't move in a few seconds asking "I'm in the middle of doing the dishes- can you take it out right now?" and repeat unil he responds. If he still won't get it done, you could add "Do you want to take over the dishes so I can take out the trash?"

Don't confuse standing up for yourself and requiring that he acknowledge what you say and that you need something from him within a certain time period with being a nag. I see it as demanding respect. And you deserve respect!

M.

My husband and I went through something similar--so much that I went to counseling to see what I could do about me! Some of the tips we talked about are similar to the Ephesians answer--compliment your husband when he does do the things you want.

Another thing that has helped is the honey-do list--a list that is actually written down and posted for him to see. My hubby loves the feeling that he has accomplished "my" list every few days or once a week. It reminds him what his responsibilities are and lets him have a sense of accomplishment by drawing a big line through everything he has done.

Good luck!!

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