How do you convince a reluctant partner to do the housework? Go on strike

People who leave tins ‘to soak’ will always be locked in a dance of resentment with those who wash up. But there is a way to leave all the bitterness behind

A delightful viral thread of a woman, Miss Potkin, going on chore strike rang bells globally, with nearly 200,000 likes and earnest foreign news reports, as she documented, gleefully, the deteriorating hygiene situation in her home.

It’s a strategy endorsed by the relationship therapist Esther Perel. “If you really want the other person to take out the rubbish,” Perel says, “you have to be able to spend two weeks not doing it. You don’t say anything. You just wait until the other person finally notices.”

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