Are You a “GOOD” Wife??

imagesThis article, adapted from a 1950’s home economics textbook, will be a real eye opener for wives of 2013. It brings Betty Draper’s world to life. Take a look:

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 prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.

2. Prepare yourself. Take 15 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 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, 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.

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 his little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. 

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

6. 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.

7. 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. 

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.

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

Wow! Put a ribbon in your hair? Really? Eliminate all the noise? Suggest he lie down in the bedroom?? Was the person who wrote this thing on drugs? One can only surmise. Interesting to note that the Women’s Movement began not long after this gem hit high school home ec classes… 

 

 

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


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2 responses to “Are You a “GOOD” Wife??”

  1. EdgewaterIsle.com

    Good Lord. It’s a wonder anyone got married in the ’50s. I’d rather stay single forever than put up with this load.

  2. Ellen Schrier

    Right??

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