Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to be a Good Wife

I came across this today. The original article was in Housekeeping Monthly circa May 1955. Sometimes I feel like I belong in the 50s...or in much more simple times. That said, these rules for being a good wife are pretty ridiculous. My how times have changed! Hopefully one day, when I am a wife, my husband won't have these kind of expectations!

How to Be a Good Wife

1. 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 prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

2. Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a little 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.

3. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before he arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel as though he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.

4. Prepare the children: take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces and fix their hair. If necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

5. Minimize the noise: at the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

6. Some Don'ts: 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can relax.

11. 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.

12. A good wife always knows her place.

I bet there are plenty of husbands out there that wish this was still the norm!

Happy Sunday Ya'll!


  1. Oh how times have changed! Women have jobs/stress and still have to do some of that stuff! Haha, the olden days! Now it's like, "honey, I hope you enjoy this meal that I cooked in 20 minutes. Can you help me vacuum later?" :)

  2. oh lord. that made me want to throw up a little bit. thank you for posting, it was very humorous!