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This 1955 ‘Good House Wife’s Guide’ Teaches How Wives Should Treat Their Husbands

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This 1955 ‘Good House Wife’s Guide’ Teaches How Wives Should Treat Their Husbands

‘Know your place.’


More than half a century ago, women are always born, taught and educated to be good wives. That’s not the case anymore these days where everyone can be anything they want as long as it’s beneficial to society and hurts nobody.

But hey, isn’t it also fascinating to see how magazines from the 50’s try to teach women how to be good wives? It was and is still is, a dream of many women these days. Green Lemon found this from 1955, May edition, ‘Housekeeping Monthly’ which published an article titled ‘The Good Wife’s Guide’.

1. Plan ahead and prepare dinner before your husband comes home. Show him that you have been thinking and is concerned about his needs.

2. Because men are mostly hungry when they come home, a favorite dish is a warm welcome to them.



3. Take a 15-minute break, so you look refreshed. Touch up your makeup, put up a hair accessory because he’s just met with many work-weary people.

4. Be a little gay and uplift his mood because he may just have a boring day and it’s your duty to be so.

5. Clear the clutter – clean up the toys, paper and give the tables one quick dust.

6. During cooler months, prepare and light the fire. Let him feel like he’s reaching a haven of rest which will also make you feel better. All of this will give you a great amount of personal satisfaction.



7. Prepare the children, comb their hair and change their clothes.



8. Kids are precious but minimize all the noise, including the dryers and vacuums. Encourage children to be quiet.

9. Greet him with a warm smile and sincerity to make him feel pleased. Be a good listener.

10. Even when you have things to say, they should not be said when he’s just arrived. Let him talk first because his topics are more important than yours.



11. Make the evening his and be grateful even when he comes home late or goes out without you. Understand the stress and pressure of his world and how he needs to be home and relax when it’s time.

12. Make home a place of peace, order and tranquility for your husband to recover a goal.

13. Do not greet him with complaints.



14. Even if he may not be able to come home in time, don’t complain. Even if he stays out, count this as minor to the stress that he might have gone through that day.



15. Make your husband feel comfortable on a good chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Prepare a cool or warm drink for him.

16. Arrange the pillows, offer to take off the shoes and speak softly with warmth in your voice.

17. Don’t question his actions or judgment because he is the master of the house. He will always be fair and truthful and it’s not your right to question him.



18. A good wife knows her place.



What do you think? Are they doable? Or perhaps, you feel offended with how people used to treat housewives back in the ’50s? Share your thoughts!

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