The man is the leader of the family but it doesn’t mean the woman doesn’t have a voice.
As a husband, don’t silence your wife. Give her room to express herself. Her voice is needed and it should be heard in your home. Her thoughts and opinions matter. She may even have better ideas and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Your most important desire is that your relationship and family keeps progressing regardless of whose idea is taken. Don’t force or coerce her to submit to you. When her submission is willing, your marriage and family life would be too enjoyable and colorful.
Give her room to become all that God has created her to be. Build her up and encourage her. Don’t be the husband who suppresses his wife’s talents, gifts and abilities. She’s not your competition!! Pull out the things in her that she didn’t even know she was capable of doing. If you have any concerns about some things she’s doing, communicate them, while still promoting peace. Know this – when she does well, you have done well. The goal of every wise husband should be that his wife thrives under his watch, not the opposite (study Ephesians 5:25-33).
As a wife, give your husband room to exercise his God-given role of being responsible for you and the family. As you accept responsibility for your role, allow him to do the same. Listen to him, be encouraging and prayerful. Approach your husband and the situation in your home with godly wisdom and understanding. He may not be leading as he ought to but God can turn things around and repair any damages as you cooperate with Him.
We may be playing different roles but never forget that the ideas and opinions of both people are vital for the building and maintenance of the family. As always, seek godly counseling if you need it! If you’re single, please ensure you consider these words I’ve shared before you say ‘I do’.