Yesterday I suggested that you should see your suggestions to your bride as suggestions. Today, what about her suggestions to you? Certainly, the same rules apply – she should see her suggestions as something you can take or leave as you see fit. However, that said, her suggestions give you an opportunity to let her know you do listen to her, and you appropriate her input. Alternatively, you could unintentionally communicate to her that you don’t listen to her, don’t appreciate her input, or that you think she is clueless or downright stupid.
It takes very little time or energy to verbally confirm that you have heard, and that you appreciate, a suggestion. Beyond that, look for times when you can take her suggestion. Not just when it’s better than what you have thought of – if her suggestion is as good as what you have thought of, doing as she suggests might be a better choice in that it will make her feel heard and appreciated. (A LOT of wives don’t feel either of those very often.)