According to the “The Good Wife’s Guide” from 1955 in an issue of Housekeeping Monthly there were bullet points on what was expected from a ‘housewife’ or as some preferred to be called a ‘homemaker’. However, the validity has been doubted it is still an interesting read as some points definitely ring true to the way some houses were run. Never the less, buckle up and be prepared to be shocked…. In The 1950s Women Were Expected To Do THIS For Their Husbands. This Is Crazy!
1.) Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, 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 favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
2.) Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so 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.
3.) Be happy to see him. Free him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. Listen to him.
4.) 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.
5.) Be a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
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6.) Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Gather up school books, toys, paper, etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.
7.) 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.
8.) 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.
9.)Children are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
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.
11.) Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where you husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
12.) Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.
13.) Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
14.) Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
15.) Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
16.) Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement of 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.
To sum it up, women didn’t really have any other job other than looking after their husbands and their homes. Thankfully times have changed. Most of us couldn’t even imagine living by these ‘rules’. Did any of these surprise you? In The 1950s Women Were Expected To Do THIS For Their Husbands.
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