From a previous post, this comment from a Christian wife:
“In my own experience being reprimanded by my husband is extremely effective in gaining virtue, rooting out my defects. I can not stand to disappoint my husband. But why? It is because of his love and authority.”
In most traditional marriages, this would be the most common way for a husband to correct his wife. To quote scripture:
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”
I take this passage to mean that a husband should help lead his wife to Heaven and part of this process is correction. One of the most surprising things I have noticed is that wives seem instinctively to accept such verbal correction, even when it is firm.