An Actual 1955 Good Housekeeping article.

by digderidoo 8 Replies latest jw friends

  • digderidoo

    The Good Wife's Guide

    * Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, and on time, for his return. This is a way of letting him know you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

    * Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair, and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

    * Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

    * Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

    * Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc and then run a dustcloth over the tables.

    * Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

    * Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and face (if they are small), comb their hair, and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures, and he would like to see them playing the part. Mimimize all noise. At the time of his arrival eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vaccuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

    * Be happy to see him.

    * Greet him with a warm smile, and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

    *Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first. Remember- his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

    * Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late, or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be home and relax.

    * Your goal: try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

    * Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

    * Don't complain if he comes home late for dinner or if he even stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

    * Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair, or lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

    * Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

    * Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement, or integrity. Remember he is the master of the house, and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

    * A good wife always knows her place.

  • C. T. Russell
  • Elsewhere

    > Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him

    Hell yeah... nothing like some Girl-on-Girl action to get a man in the mood!

  • inkling
  • Amazing

    Digderidoo ... I don't justify the article ... and in our house, my Mom ran the show ... and life was not like that article ... but ... times were different, and in the vast majority of families, women could stay at home because men were expected to earn the living. Financially, it was easier to do back then, as incomes and prices allowed for a single income. Therefore, given the culture, and a woman staying at home, the advice is more understandable ... times have changed ... women are more equal and bring in the income ... men can now be the one who stays at home if it is financially feasible ... so, as we grin at the past, we need to cut the last generation some slack ... because, one day, our great grandchildren will rise up to snicker at our barbaric ways.

    Elsewhere ... your humor is always spot on ... and am laughing as I type .... thanks

  • Nosferatu

    ...and who could forget the Kitchen Computer?

  • snowbird

    I always though the WTS got lost in the 50's.

    This is soooo similar to their viewpoint on wifely submission.


  • Blithe Freshman
    Blithe Freshman

    LOL, I have this on my fridge! My son-in-law secretly left it there for me.He really knows how to get on my right side.


  • bluecanary

    I quoted from this list once at a bookstudy. My point was to show how human thinking and trends are subject to great change. The conductor's response? He wishes we still behaved like this.

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