Be a Good Wifey

Laura Young found a 1950’s home economics book that contained the following list of ways to be a good wife.

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 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 fifteen minutes to rest so that you are refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, 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. Gather up books, toys and newspapers. Dust the tables so that they appear clean. Your husband will feel that he has reached his haven and rest and order. Doing this for him will give you a lift also.

4. Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash their faces and hands. Comb their hair and change their clothes if it is necessary to make them look presentable to him. They are “God’s creatures” and your husband would like to see them playing their part.

5. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all the noises of the washer, dryer, dishwasher and vacuum. You’ve had plenty of time to do these things during the day. Don’t do them now. Encourage your children to be quiet.

6. Be happy to see your husband. Greet him with a warm smile. Do not greet your husband with problems or complaints. Don’t complain when he is late for dinner. Count this as minor when compared to what he had to go through all day.

7. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest that he lie down a few minutes 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.

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 speak first. Make the evening his. He is special!

9. Never complain that he does not take you out to dinner or to other pleasant entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to unwind and relax. Remember that you relaxed all day waiting for his return. Now it’s his turn to enjoy what you enjoyed. Try to make his home a place of peace and order, a place where your husband can relax in body and spirit.

My favorites? Number 2 (go ahead, put a ribbon in your hair and be a little gay), and Number 7 (arrange his pillow and speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice – heh heh).

I know what you’re asking – “So, how well does Mrs. PunditGuy adhere to this list?” (Nope, not goin there!)

I love you honey.

(h/t Blogcritics)


  1. Oh my God! You just described a typical night at the WunderFamily house! *cough* *cough*

    Actually, I think I would have to tweak each one of those to read completely different. I think I even was stupid enough to say something to the effect that “you got to stay home all day while I had to work”. To which WunderWife replied, “You want to watch the kids while I go to work?” Are you kidding!?!?! I love my kids, but spending all day every day with three kids 5 and under AND keeping the house up AND having dinner ready AND not going crazy. My God my wife is a SAINT!

  2. Straight from the 1950s: ways to be a good wife

    Straight from the 1950s: ways to be a good wife

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