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You Won't Believe What Women From The 1950s Were Expected To Do For Their Husbands

America was a much different society in the 1950s, and most modern American women are very glad things have changed a lot in the last 60 years. Back in 1955, Housekeeping Monthly magazine published an article titled, “The Good Wife’s Guide,” which spelled out in some detail how a wife should act to be the best partner for her husband and mom to her children.

It is interesting to note how most of the rules are focused on domestic responsibilities, and how a good wife should work to make sure that the household is well-managed and does not have a negative impact on the husband. No mention at all of education, career, satisfying intellectual curiosity or striving towards non-domestic self-fulfillment.

Check out the 10 rules from the 1955 Good Wife’s Guide, especially the last one:

"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 table.

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."

Source: Little Things
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