DEAR DEIDRE: THE nagging from my wife is non-stop. We are both 35 and have been together for ten years.
No matter how many times I ask, she won’t let me do things at my own pace. Her family is just as bad.
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Recently, I’ve been doing some DIY. She questions everything and makes me feel I’m stupid and not good enough.
To make matters worse, we live with her parents.
I have suggested moving out many times so we have our own space, but she gets upset and makes me feel I’m being unreasonable.
I want to be able to make a decision without being treated like a child.
It’s really draining and I don’t like the angry and bitter man I’m becoming.
DEIDRE SAYS: You are reaching crisis point after years of being made to feel inadequate.
It’s not healthy for anyone. Maybe it’s time to sit down with your wife and have a heart-to-heart.
Choose a time when you are not doing something she has criticised.
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Be assertive but not aggressive and try to listen to each other’s view.
Tell her you need to do things your way, without interruption or negativity, and gently raise the subject of getting your own place again.
My support packs Standing Up for Yourself and Looking After Your Relationship should help.
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