You expect your best friend to finish your sentences, right? So shouldn’t your wife know that “Ohio State plays on Saturday,” means “Cancel plans with the babysitter, we’re going to watch the game”? Shouldn’t your husband know that “What do you want for supper?,” means “Isn’t it your turn to cook?”
Direct communication is one of the most valuable skills you can build in marriage: especially if you temper your directness with a respectful consideration of your partner. If you have something important to say, say it. Don’t expect your spouse to figure it out from your indirect comments, rolled eyes, or shrugged shoulders. Be direct and be kind.
For more on this, see:
- What Paul Simon & a Toy Helicopter Taught Me about Direct Communication
- How Biscuits Almost Ruined My Wedding
- Do You Smell Something (a slightly funny take on the importance of direct communication)
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