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Monday, October 17, 2011

Oopsy, I failed.

The Good Wife's Guide

From Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May, 1955.

·       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 get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.
·       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.
·       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. Run a dustcloth over the tables.
·       During 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 to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
·       Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. 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.
·       Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
·       Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.
·       Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him 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 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.
·       A good wife always knows her place.


  1. It's no wonder our fore-mothers burned their bras and marched for equality.

  2. I actually thought this was kind of sweet until I got to "you have no right to question him".

  3. I would definitely fail at this too!

    It's funny, but back when I was newly married, this article would have outraged me.

    Now that my husband and I have been together for almost 25 years, I do see some wisdom in this little "gem"- for BOTH husbands and wives; which is for both people to appreciate each other and welcome EACH OTHER home after the day. But I don't think we have to go to quite the same extremes!

  4. I've been wanting to compare and contrast myself to the wonder women of the 50s. I know I will definitely fail too!

  5. I love the suggestion to take 15 min for myself. Ummm...where am I supposed to find those 15 min?

  6. Loving all the comments - interesting. The majority I received were "must have been written by a man," and so it goes!!!


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