Is it really wrong?
Are you using your standards or the Lord’s? If you’re thinking about Daddy hanging the toilet paper the wrong way, please go back and read yesterday’s post. Pray and meet me back here.
It’s amazing. A young mother who thought she knew it all, I was soon humbled by the realization that my husband was rarely wrong on issues that mattered. He was in the Word, he prayed about his leadership in the family. Yes, he might be at work all day, but when he walked through that door, he could tell if I had been neglecting to instruct or discipline in areas such as whining or prompt obedience. He could also tell if I’d been nagging the kids. My initial responses were due to wounded pride and I wasn’t open to encouragement to improve my parenting.
It wasn’t Daddy that was wrong, it was me.
If you’ve determined he is wrong, don’t point it out in front of the kids. Present a united front as a team, deal with issues behind closed doors in a way that honors the Lord. Like we tell our little ones, “God can hear you!”
If his parenting or housekeeping methods are causing you extra work, talk to him. Just don’t sound like his mother. Find a way to make it easier for him to follow protocol.
When approaching a on a small issue, use the sandwich method. Like with a real meal, give thanks first, pray for your husband, pray about the issue, then discuss.
Be sincere in your praise and thankfulness, effort is as admirable as ability. But, if he’s throwing the laundry from the dryer into in the laundry basket and causing you hours of ironing, it’s necessary to work out a solution together.
Occasionally the kids ask something and Scott and I will answer at the same time, but disagree.
If I have no serious opinion, I will laugh and remind the kids – Daddy has veto power.
If I have opinion, I respectfully give it. If we have disagreed publicly, it’s fine to work it out gracefully in public. My husband married me because he loves and respects me. He wants my opinions and doesn’t want me silently nodding and following any and every decision. At this point, he still has veto power.
For serious disagreements that require more conversation, Scott and I take it offline. I’m not trying to show the kids I can snake my way through daddy’s heart and get my own way, I’m trying to show them Daddy is approachable and will admit when he’s wrong or when there’s a better idea. I’m also showing my willingness to lovingly submit when I don’t agree, because he still has veto power.
The goal in resolving a disagreement is not to always get my way, or to let my husband always have his way, but to move the family in the Lord’s way.
When there is serious spiritual concern about the spiritual leadership of your home, it can’t be solved with a candid conversation between a husband and a wife or with a casual approach.
A conversation begun with these steps will have fruit, can bind your hearts closer together and impact your family.
Even when we’re right about their behavior, if we pound on our husbands with self-righteous pride or give them ultimatums, we’re wrong. Many times these steps silence me before the Lord because I no longer see my husband’s supposed error, I see mine. Other times, the Lord gives me patience to wait and watch Him work in my husband’s life. He’s the One who began the good work, I can let Him finish.
When I was young, we always bought shoes just a tish too big for “growing room.” It’s not just kids’ feet that need growing room, it’s husbands.
If you learn to wisely and correctly encourage your husband when he’s wrong, he’ll not only increase in praise and love for the Lord, he’ll increase in praise and love for you.