Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to Be a Good Housewife

HOW TO BE A GOOD HOUSEWIFE



From a 1954 Home Economics Text Book

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 happy and cheerful 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 school books, toys, papers, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order and it will give you a lift, too.

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, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

SOME DONT’S -

Don’t greet him with problems or complaints. Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner. Count this as 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, 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.

THE GOAL -

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


So how are YOU doing with this list?

4 comments:

Tiffani DeWitt said...

Ok.. The overall theme is a good one.. however. Women are not robots on earth solely for cooking, cleaning and waiting hand and foot on our husbands. No wonder so many women were secretly drunks back in the day. They needed a way to maintain this facade .. this ideal of perfection. It's a crock! I guess a more modern version would suffice for me. Common decency, respect and space for ALL involved. Not just man.

BeatlesDiva said...

Oh mylanta! I laughed so hard at this. I'm lucky enough to met men who actually can hold down a job these days, while I work three. Yeah...a man's life is a tough one.

Carrie said...

My mother had this book in her high school home ec.class. My hubby and I often joke about having a bow in my hair.

sarahlynn said...

i hope you have this printed and framed by the front door