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How to be a good wife ! by johnnythemonkey on 4 May 2007 5:49am
 
How to be a Good Wife

Excerpted from a 1950's high school home economics textbook


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 fifteen 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 life.

Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of
the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up the school
books, 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 smile
and be glad to see him.

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. 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.

Your goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where
your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

 
It is still valid advice! by Lounge Trekker on 4 May 2007 6:43am
 
Only it could read: How to be a Good Husband.

Nothing sexist or inflammatory about it!

Lounge Trekker
 
Re: How to be a good wife ! by Spursfan on 4 May 2007 9:42am
 
SOME of it is common sense - I mean, I would never start complaining about something as soon as Zak's feet cross the front door. I wait 10 mins!

No seriously, it would not be fair, would it, to say the washers conked out or whatever as soon as your partner put their key in the lock?

But arrange his pillow? Take off his shoes? Put a ribbon in my hair?

Pah!
 
Re: How to be a good wife ! by kazzzz on 4 May 2007 9:58am
 
Tsk tsk Anne, I am ALWAYS ready at the door with a batch of scones ready to hang on the lord of the manor's every word.
 
Re: How to be a good wife ! by Spursfan on 4 May 2007 10:35am
 
Yeah right - I BET you are hee hee! AND with a ribbon in your hair?!

Not a tray of creme eggs????

;-)

 
Re: How to be a good wife ! by Spursfan on 4 May 2007 10:37am
 
I don't mean a tray of creme eggs in your hair, btw
 
Re: How to be a good wife ! by kazzzz on 4 May 2007 10:39am
 
Oh yes, all unwrapped so I can feed them to him one by one as he reclines in his comfy chair while watching the football.
 
Re: How to be a good wife ! by arty_farty on 4 May 2007 11:30am
 
if i had to do that every day i think i'd go mental.

how the housewives back then coped i don't know
 
Re: How to be a good wife ! by Spursfan on 4 May 2007 12:15pm
 
Kazzzz!!! You've forgotten the lager/beer/tea/coffee/soft drink!!!!

Now you know the drill - hold the glass while your beloved sups through the straw.

You're slacking, wench!!

Hahahahaahahahaahaha!

I'm with you, Lucy - and why should we!

 
Re: How to be a good wife ! by arty_farty on 4 May 2007 12:32pm
 
good thing i don't plan on getting married then :)

also i don't get why singletons are looked down on by smug married couples with 5 kids. do they actualy like not being able to do what they want when they want?
 
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