My husband and I rent out a room in our home to help us pay off our mortgage faster. For the first little while our roommate would eat dinner with us all the time and not offer to contribute. We talked to him and it and instead of hearing, “You need to be responsible for your own dinner from now on,” he heard “You need to contribute more.”
Now, he tries to make dinner for all of us a few times a week, but then the other times, just eats what we make. He’s a great roommate in a lot of ways. We just need to stop feeding him so much. We also can’t have a quiet dinner together. While we appreciate him making us dinner, it’s just not what we’re asking for. We don’t want his food and we want him to stop assuming he can always eat ours. Once or twice a week is reasonable, but we don’t want to have to tell him, “You can’t have any of this,” the 4 to 5 other nights we cook every week.
We’re obviously going to have to have the conversation with him again, but the question is what’s the best way to approach this when it seems he didn’t understand the first time? ?????? in Waterloo
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