Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a compassionate way of talking to others. You make emotion-free observations and requests instead of demands and judgments.
Making an Observation and Expressing Your Feelings
NVC has defined steps that help you communicate. The first is to make an observation. Here, you state impartial facts. Make sure to leave emotion out of it. For example, instead of saying your spouse is always late and not thoughtful, state that they were late to dinner tonight.
The second step requires you to tell them how you feel and why. "When you are late for dinner, I worry about you."