Head of Household
Head of Household, also abbreviated HOH, refers to a person who is the main authority figure in a household, entrusted with a leadership role.
In traditional society
The extent to which the HOH takes charge will naturally vary from one family to another. At one extreme, he will make all decisions, even day-to-day ones and at the other extreme he might simply be the one who resolves disputes and acts as beneficent judge. Most Heads of Household will have some position in between, normally controlling financial spending, making all major decisions but leaving most day-to-day matters in what he considers the most appropriate hands.
This kind of relationship only works where the HOH takes full account of everyone's needs, often placing them above his own. His is a life of service to the people he is in charge of and at the same time he will normally command respect, devotion and servitude from them, depending on their individual relationship to him.
In parenting, it is not unusual for a mother to use the phrase "Wait till your father gets home", establishing the role of the father as the person in highest authority to decide upon punishments and potentially to administer them.
In D/s and DD
The other partner is sometimes referred to as the Taken In Hand or TIH. This term has been popularized by a British website to refer specifically to the female partner in a relationship with a male HOH. This is also referred to as a Taken In Hand relationship and it is not necessarily a DD relationship.
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