I Cook, you clean up
I felt just the way you explained. I didn't want to ask, he should "know!".
However, once I started asking specifically for small things like, "hey hun, can we work out a deal? Will you clean up the kitchen if I cook; I have x,y,z to take care of before 7pm".
I realized that providing some rationale for why I needed the help made the asking easier for me...especially since I could prove to myself that I did need the help.
It was a powerful realization for me that has allowed me to acknowledge that I can ask for help and be ok with that need.
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