Communication can be difficult at best and is the most common reason for arguments. A good formula for success is to make sure everyone is clear on the 1) Who will be responsible? 2) What is supposed to happen? 3) When should it be completed? 4) How will it be accomplished?
It never hurts to jot down the responsibilities regardless of who you are talking with, your spouse, children or business associate. Avoid misunderstandings with just a few steps.