There is such a different lifestyle that people live with in modern times when compared to how things were way back in the old days when cars got 5 miles a gallon and bread was 10 cents. Societal norms were completely different than what they are now, and some people miss how things were back then, and reminiscing and looking back on the lifestyle that people used to live can not only give a good pastime activity on a rainy day, but can also help open our eyes as to how to improve our current state of life and how to make sure everybody is living comfortably.
As a part of looking back on the old days, one article from a 1955 magazine was dug up that showed what it meant to be a good housewife. You may think that it can be an easy job, but this magazine really outlines how difficult it can be if you try to live up to all of the expectations. Many people will even find this type of publication shocking due to the stark cultural difference that is portrayed in this magazine when compared to our modern day and age.
The magazine started out with what most people think of when they think of a housewife: dinner. The magazine said that you should have dinner ready, and planning ahead is a great idea. There is nothing like coming home to a nice freshly cooked meal after a long day at work for the working members of the family.
The magazine then delves into many measures that should be taken before the husband gets home, and there are many things that you may not even think of being something that a wife should do!
The magazine says that in the cooler months and winters, preparing a fire is a great way to welcome home your husband. It also says that a good thing to do is allow yourself to rest so that when your husband comes home, you can be more upbeat and chirpy. Doing things like brushing up on your makeup and making sure your hair is done right are little things that can really change the mood of the room. Afterall, the magazine states that it is the duty of a housewife to welcome home their husband and look nice.
Another thing that a housewife should make sure of is how the children are behaving and how clean they are before the husband comes come. According to the magazine, a husband wants to see his children in their respective place when he comes home from a hard day of work, so making sure their hands and faces are clean as well as having clean clothes are great things to make your husband’s arrival back home all the better.
Last but not least, the magazine says that minimizing all noise and clutter is a must so that the husband does not get stressed out.
Here is a full list of 18 tips of what every “good wife” should know:
1.) 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.
2.) Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
3.) Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so 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.
4.) 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.
5.) Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.
6.) Over 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 for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
7.) 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.
8.) Children 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 or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
9.) Be happy to see him. Free him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. Listen to him.
10.) 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.
11.) Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
12.) Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where you husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
13.) Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.
14.) Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
15.) Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
16.) Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
17.) Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment of 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.
18.) A good wife always knows her place.
What do you think of these pointers that the 1955 magazine gives as to how to be a great housewife? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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