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Were Expected To Adhere To These Crazy Rules Back In The 1950s
look back at the past, it’s always interesting to see how our
grandparents and great-grandparents used to live.
in the 1950s, the concept of women’s equality wasn’t exactly
well-known or popular. Women of that time were expected to be good
wives and mothers and not much else. In May of 1955, a women’s
magazine called Housekeeping Monthly published an article with the
title “The Good Wife’s Guide.” The article contained several
rules/suggestions for a woman to follow so that she could be the best
wife possible to her husband.
lot of these may seem totally outrageous by modern standards, but
this was the reality for a woman in those times. Below are some
examples of what the article suggested.
Plan the next day’s dinner the night before so that you can have it
hot and ready for your husband right as he walks in. This lets him
know you’re thinking of him and care about his needs.
Men are hungry when they come home after work, so a good meal is part
of a proper, warm welcome home.
About 15 minutes before your husband arrives, take a quick pause to
prepare yourself by touching up your makeup, sprucing up your hair,
and generally freshening up. He’s seen a lot of work-weary people
all day, so look your best.
Be interesting and engaging for him. His day is filled with boring
work, so one of your duties is to provide a lift when needed.
Just before he arrives, do a quick sweep throughout the house to
clear away all the clutter and do a quick dusting.
In the winter, prepare and light a fire for his return so he can
relax by it. He’ll feel like he’s in a haven of rest and order,
which will give you a boost too. Catering to your husband’s comfort
will provide you with a wealth of personal satisfaction.
Prepare the children so that their hair is combed and hands and faces
Children are treasures and should behave as such. Minimize the noise
when he arrives by encouraging them to be quiet. Eliminate any noises
from vacuums, washers, or dryers.
Always greet him in a cheery and positive manner. Give a warm smile
and show a sincere desire to please.
Regardless of what you may need to discuss with your husband and/or
how important it might be to you, the moment of his arrival is not
the time. His conversation topics are more important so let him talk
Evenings are his time. Do not complain if he comes home late or goes
out for dinner (or anywhere else) without you. You must try to
understand that his world is full of strain and pressure and he needs
to be able to relax.
A good wife’s goal is to make the home a place of tranquility and
calm that her husband can renew himself in.
Never greet him with problems or complaints.
If he’s late for dinner, or even if he stays out all night, don’t
complain. This is minor compared to what he’s gone through that
His comfort is your priority. Have him kick back on a comfy chair or
in the bedroom and have hot and cold drinks ready for him.
Fluff his pillows and take his shoes off. Talk in a low, soothing
Don’t question his actions or judgment. Remember, he is the master
of the house and will always exercise his will. You have no right to