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When To Keep Mum

9 Things You Should Never Say to Your Husband

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  • "Please watch the kids. But don't do this, take them here or forget that..."

    This is a classic nervous-new-mom move: When you're in anxiety mode, it can be hard to let go of childcare tasks (even though you would love to have more help). It's also an attitude that can become a habit no matter how long you've been a mom, leading to some very unhealthy feelings. You may become resentful because he doesn't pitch in, but you don't always give him room to, either.

    At the end of the day, no husband is going to be inspired to be a better, more hands-on and involved dad if his every effort is shot down, says Orlov. "If he always feels like he's wrong, he'll only start to disconnect emotionally." So let Dad be Dad. Trust that he knows as well as you do how to keep a child clean, safe and fed—even if his definitions of those tasks are slightly different than your own. That said, if there are things he needs to know, like how to use the stroller or what the pediatrician's phone number is, then definitely give him the rundown.

When To Keep Mum
9 Things You Should Never Say to Your Husband
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