Monday, August 16, 2010

The lucky man of the Fifties...

I was just doing a bit of cleaning and came across this article which was handed out at my wedding shower, and I thought I should share it with you (Just in case you are having trouble with keeping your home a haven...)

The following is from a 1950's Home Economics textbook intended for high school girls, teaching how to prepare for married life...
Advice For Married Women: How To Keep Your Home A Haven For Your Husband

1. Have Dinner Ready: Plan Ahead even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time. This is a way of letting him know 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 ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has been with a lot of work weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His difficult or boring day may need a lift.

3. Clear Away The Clutter: Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, cleaning items etc. then run a dust cloth over all the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give him a lift too.

4. 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 play the part.

5. Minimize The Noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of 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.

6. 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 to 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 hot 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 from his busy day.

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 and be attentive.

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, stress, and pressure - and 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.

I wonder if this article served it's purpose well for the guy that wrote it?...

Personal Summary:
*Stop complaining about lack of sewing time
*Get more rest (it said that right??)
*It's probably a good idea to minimize noise throughout the entire day in case hubby should come home early ;)
*Buy hair ribbons
*Be more interesting

Ahhhh, the fifties... Am I right??


  1. This seems funny in these days but I bet it would make any man very happy!

  2. I so love this. What it doesn't mention is the wine glass in her hand! LOL!