Whether it’s having her decorating ideas dismissed or hearing the dreaded “not tonight,” no wife likes being turned down. Occasional rejections are one thing though; habitual negative responses to her and your kids are another story—and not one that often ends well. Constantly hearing “no” can wear them down and cause resentment that pushes them away from you.
That’s not to say you should become a pushover and just say yes. But try thinking twice before automatically saying “no” and you might be pleasantly surprised at how it can improve your relationships. Research shows that the more you respond to requests in a positive way, the happier and more satisfying your relationship will be.