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Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Colossians 3:18-20

In this series of God's design for the family, we shall be looking at the role of a wife and the role of the children to make the family what God has designed and willed it to be.

In our last post God's design for the family, we explained what the family is, and went into detail of the role of the father in the family. Now, these roles are explained to us in order for us to know what God desires from each of us in playing our role in the category of the family which we belong.

The family is the basic unit of every society and without the family, there can be no society and if the family is out of God's plan, then the society as a whole cannot align with the will of God. That is why we put it upon ourselves to painstakingly explain what is expected of us as members of our family in order to make the society at large a comfortable and peaceful environ to dwell.

II. The role of a Wife
There are five important role of a wife in the family:

1. The Wife is the “Heart” of the Home.
Scripture identifies the husband as the head of the marriage. Similarly, the wife can be compared to the heart of the marriage. The head and the heart are vital both to the functioning of the body and the successful operation of a home.
The idea that only the head does the thinking is now an antiquated concept. Researchers have discovered that the neurons which store memory with which we think are not only in the brain, but also in the heart. Scripture affirms this concept; as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
Just as the heart gives vital and continuous signals to the head, so the wife should communicate what she sees and hears to her husband so that together they can make wise decisions. For this communication to take place, the husband needs to schedule times for meaningful discussion with his wife about their home education program.

2. The Wife is the “Light” of Learning.
By exercising a listening heart, the mother will know what character qualities, academic studies, and practical skills need to be developed in her children. With these in mind, she is able to make a list of recommendations for the husband to write out in a daily assignment list. 
The mother’s role as a light is stated in the following Scripture: “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother…For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life” (Proverbs 6:20, 23).

3. The Wife is a “Learner-Teacher.”
Many mothers feel inadequate to educate their own children, especially when they reach the high school and college learning levels. What these mothers fail to realize is that children who are praised for their learning attitudes and progress can easily go beyond their parents in learning achievement.
Mothers are also encouraged to train their older children to work with younger children. When such mentoring takes place, the older ones not only learn academics, but also develop teaching skills and begin their own preparation for parenting.

4. The Wife is a “Creative Recorder.”
In order to validate learning, it must be documented. There are several creative ideas the mother can use in order to keep valuable records for each child. 
Children are also motivated to better achievement by meaningful charts, graphs, and records. These can be started by the mother and continued by the older children. In the process, neatness, accuracy, thoroughness, creativity, and other qualities can be developed.

5. The Wife is a “Coordinator” of Responsibilities.
A rs first thought about home education is usually, “How can I educate my children and still get all my work done?” The secret of home education is creatively teaching children to enjoy work rather than to seek after fun by turning daily responsibilities into character classrooms.
For example, washing dishes can be transformed into lessons on gratefulness (doing the dishes in appreciation for the one who made the meal), thoroughness (getting all the dishes and utensils clean), or organization (putting the dishes in the right places).

A wise mother realizes that there are seasons in her life. By investing in her children’s lives, she will reap the rewards of their wisdom and good character.

III. The role of the Children
The children are the offspring and product of the union between the father and mother. They have different roles and duties due to the differences in age and gender.
 The female ones are expected to learn from their mothers, they are seen in the kitchen and they do the laundry in the house. The female children can take up the roles and responsibilities of their mother when she is unavailable. The male children in the house are close to the father, learn from their fathers and they take up the masculine roles. The male children believe they are not supposed to take up the feminine roles and duties but this should not be. They are also obliged to washing dishes, sweeping the house, cooking and whatever work that can be done in the home.
 The children learn the norms, beliefs, values of the society from the family. The socialization process starts with the family. Both the mother and her children are subjected to the man in the house. They are expected to give respect to their father.

In all, the husband, wife and children are made to understand and live by these roles in order for the family to be In sync with God's purpose not just for the family alone, but the world at large.

We cannot however function effectively in our various roles either as a wife, husband or child without the help of the Holy Spirit. You cannot have this Precious Gift from God the Father to help you and to lead you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

You can begin a relationship now with the Lord Jesus Christ by saying this prayer:

 Lord Jesus Christ I acknowledge that I am a sinner, I believe in your death and resurrection. I ask you to forgive me my sins, I reject the devil and all his works and l welcome the Holy Spirit into my life. I declare today I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus name .Amen .
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