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HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE

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I could not resist sharing all of these useful tips for the other wives and mothers out there just in time for Mother's Day.

-- Taken from a Home Economics High School Text Book, 1954

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 home just before your husband arrives, gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, 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 he is home.

Some don'ts: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he is 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, 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.

The 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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to offended
written by a guest , January 21, 2012
part of why we fought for equal rights was so that we could get an education. Learn to spell or use spell check, offended
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those were the days
written by a guest , May 14, 2010
i vote for going back to the good ole days of no computers, cel phones, televisions and video games. guess it all gets truly lost in translation?!
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Mamma_Jamma
written by a guest , May 10, 2010
I got a kick out of this blog. I remember my mother and grandmother telling me stories of grand pa comming home and they did some things in this text book but in reality it is not a realistic view. Very funny.....
SportsSidekick
Just for a smile
written by SportsSidekick , May 08, 2010
Yes, this blog was posted with only good intentions of creating a smile. Being a mother of four (ages 4-14), wife and homemaker along with my duties at the News-Telegram, I think I can safely say this isn't the way the modern household operates. Some may still be the Cleaver family, and I am not judging by any means. However, there is a thick layer of dust on my ironing board, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Happy Mother's Day!

May there be a rose in your vase on the tray that your breakfast is served to you on while you are still in bed tomorrow -- if there isn't that's ok too.
Cindy
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funny
written by a guest , May 08, 2010
You who are complaining of this blog are funny. I think that you forgot to read the top where it says it's from a 1954 home economics book. I think the whole idea of this is to make us see how far we have come in society and how much things have changed. Be grateful that things aren't the way they used to be!
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written by a guest , May 08, 2010
It's broads like you that's what's wrong with this country. If youse chicks would do like the textbook says, we wouldn't have that commie pinko in the White House and a man could get a good, bloody steak at a restaurant -- served by a skirt with great gams, not some pretty boy wearin' makeup and loafers, I might add -- instead of having to eat tofu quiche salad with pomegranate puke.
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offened
written by a guest , May 08, 2010
smilies/angry.gif Alot of things crossed my mind as I read this. I feel this blog is agenst womens wrights. I think it is putting men before women. I also belive being a homemaker is one of the hardest jobs out there.
Women fought for years to get what right we have. we don't have to stay at home and please our husbunds. it is a choice we have, and no one schould tell us what we can and can not do when our husbunds get home from work.
I do not belive that men are put before women, we are equal. how could you apply this if 85% of the wifes are also working, what do we get when we get home from work, oh yea more work. husbund to feed and screaming kids. where is our time to relax and unwind.
I am not saying there is anything wrong with being a homemaker. I am a homemaker. I see it as this, my husbund works his 8-10 hrs 5 days a week, I work at home 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. my job discription is just about everything, from doctor(takeing care of sick children) teacher(teaching them right from wrong) cook(perparing meals) and the list can go on to just about everything. where my husbund will retire one day my job will never end.
if I applyed these guidelines it would set women back 60-70 years, and we would lose half of the respect that we fought so hard to get. If my husbund gets 2 days off a week, i am getting one of them. he will take over the house and kids so I can get a day off too. my husbund is not better then me nor I of him.

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