How To Be A Good Wife (Sorta)

Well I thought I would lighten the mood a little by posting a page from a 1950’s economics textbook. I hope this will bring a little laughter to you as you read it and also a sense of thankfulness (women) for how the times have changed. Sit, read, and enjoy!


Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time. 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 is part of the warm welcome needed.

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so that you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, 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. His boring day may need a lift.

Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the place. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a life, too.

Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces if they are dirty, 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, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him, greet him with a smile and be glad to see him.

Some don’ts: Don’t greet him with problems or complaints. Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner. Count this a minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he 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, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.

Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.

Your goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

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2 Responses to “How To Be A Good Wife (Sorta)”

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  2. Krystal Says:

    This is bull, what if u have ine like mine, that u do all this for and he still does not do anything for u?
    So basically, u are saying that women should disregard their feelings just to make the man comfortable?
    Well I do all this and more, and I am tired of being taken for granted.. this is bull.

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