- 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 concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.
- Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you with be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little fun 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, paper, ect. 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 minute 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 the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a 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.
- Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
- Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Perhaps his reason is something came up at work or on the way home.
- Help make him comfortable. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
- Speak in a low and soothing voice.
- Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity.
- A good wife always knows her place.
23 March 2012
The making of a 1950's housewife!!!!!!!!!!!
I found this list of 'rules' in an old magazine my sister gave me. Apparently they were written down in a high school home economics text book! It looked like an interesting thing to share so here it is! I've decided that since it was written during the 50's then none of it applies to me since I wasn't even alive at the time! It's a good thing these rules weren't made into laws because I'm quite certain I'd be given a life sentence in prison for breaking them! However, I can see where it wouldn't hurt me to learn a few of them and apply them in my life! I don't think I pull them all off, but a few of them I found interesting! Isn't it amazing how much things have changed in over 50 years?
I can happily report that after showing this to my husband he told me he is perfectly happy and contented with his wife. And that's what it's all about. Whatever floats your boat and keeps your marriage alive. It will be different for us all. Marriage isn't about a list of rules but about syncing ourselves with each other until eventually we become one!