Tuesday, February 2, 2010

1955 Good Housewife's Guide

1955 Good Housewife’s Guide

This is kinda funny, I think that some of these things are true, how traditional my mom and dad's mindset was. The times have surely changed. Maybe we should embrace some of these ideas again, but some of them are horrible. It is true that pleasing your man brings it's rewards, but doing nothing about bad behavior and acting like a mindless robot??? no way!!!!

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Rule 1 – Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time, for his return. This is a way of letting him know that 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 favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

Rule 2 – Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll 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.

Rule 3 — Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip though the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

Rule 4 — Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.

Rule 5 — 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.

Rule 6 — Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (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. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, and vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

Rule 7 — Be happy to see him.

Rule 8 — Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

Rule 9 — 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.

Rule 10 — 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 at home and relax.

Rule 11 — Your goal: Try to make your home is a place of peace, order, and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

Rule 12 — Don’t complain if he comes home late to dinner, or even if he stays out all night. Compare this as minor compared to what he may have gone through that day.

Rule 13 — 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.

Rule 14 — Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

Rule 15 — Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment 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.

Rule 16 — A good wife always knows her place.

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