There’s nothing more frustrating than having a know-it-all husband. No matter what the topic, he always has to have the last word. He’s always convinced that he’s right and you’re wrong. And even when he’s clearly in the wrong, he’ll never admit it.
It can be extremely frustrating trying to have a discussion with him because it will lead nowhere. Even when you’re just trying to have a casual conversation, he has to turn it into a debate. He never seems to be able to relax and just enjoy your company. It feels like all he ever wants to do is argue with you.
So how to deal with such a stubborn and frustrating spouse? Read on to find the answer!
“What if my husband thinks he knows it all?”
If your husband thinks he knows it all then here are a few steps you can follow to learn to deal with him; without fighting like cats and dogs, every time you address one another.
1- Adjust your character and personality to his:
If you’re married to a know-it-all husband, you know how frustrating it can be. But there are some ways to deal with it. One of them is to learn to roll with his punches and not take everything so seriously. This way, you might just be able to survive having a know-it-all husband.
So try and learn to joke about his need to be right all the time, and you’ll both be able to laugh about it instead of getting annoyed. By trying to adjust your own character to his, you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration and many marital arguments or fights.
If you’re always needing to be right as well, it’s only going to create tension. Instead, try to be more flexible and go with the flow. You may find that your relationship improves as a result.
2- Remember that nobody is perfect:
Another thing you can do is to remember that nobody is perfect, and that includes your husband. Accept him for who he is, warts and all, and you’ll be able to enjoy a more harmonious relationship.
Just because your spouse is a know-it-all doesn’t mean he’s a bad husband. In fact, his know-it-all attitude may not be as bad of a flaw as you think, compared to worse qualities in other partners. It could be that he’s just very confident in himself and his abilities. Plus, his little funny attitude about it all can be endearing, it doesn’t have to be so frustrating unless you make it out to be.
In the end, try to accept him as he is. After all, nobody is perfect and you married him knowing that he was a know-it-all type of person. Maybe you found it funnier or didn’t mind it much during the dating stage, so why is it so annoying all of a sudden?
Instead of trying to change him, why not accept him for who he is? You might be surprised at how much you actually like him once you do!
3- Consider his reasons and intentions:
While it may seem like your husband puts on his know-it-all hat just to fight you, contradict you and prove you wrong; there may be more to it!
Did you consider that it could be that he’s really good at research and likes to be prepared for every situation or question? Maybe he wants to help or to have all the answers; whenever you need him for anything.
He may also just want to prevent bad outcomes and situations by suggesting or trying to give better alternatives and solutions to every problem. So it doesn’t necessarily come from a bad place. Intentions matter, in the end. He may not have the right strategy to go about it all, but he’s probably just trying to make your life a little easier.
4- Persist in trying to calmly talk to him:
It can be frustrating when you’re married to a know-it-all. You may feel like you can’t get a word in edgewise, or that your opinion doesn’t matter. However, it is possible to deal with a know-it-all husband in a way that doesn’t damage your marriage. And that’s simply by trying to talk to him.
Explain how you’re feeling and why you think it’s important for him to listen to you. Marriage is a partnership, and that means both spouses need to be heard.
Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. If your husband is always trying to talk over you or steamroll your opinion, let him know that it’s not always going to be his way. You don’t have to be rude about it, you can be kind but firm. If your husband is used to getting his own way, he may not respond well to being challenged at first. However, if you’re patient and consistent, he’ll eventually come around and start listening to you more.
5- Don’t hesitate to make your own decisions in a strategic way:
Dealing with a know-it-all husband can feel isolating, but one strategy that can work is to thank him for his input and proceed to do whatever you think is best. This is more possible when it comes to matters that are personal to you, rather than making a decision that affects your couple.
This will help to diffuse the tension and let him know that you appreciate his opinion, but will still do what you think is right. His words are only an opinion in the end and not instructions on how things must be done.
So, make it clear that you are still going to do what you want. You are the one in charge when it comes to specific matters that concern you alone.
Additionally, try to avoid getting into arguments with him. If he is dead set on being right, there is no reason to engage in a battle you can’t win. You can slowly pull him out of such a mindset over time by teaching him to take a backseat more and let you lead and be in charge in specific situations of life.
In the end, you can check this article out on how to deal with a stubborn husband in 6 steps, if that’s also a characteristic of your spouse.