Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Marriage, 1950's style

Tips to Look After Your Husband

This is an extract from an 1950's Home Economics Book.  How things have changed since then!

1.  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 just been with a lot of work-weary people.  Be a little gay (the word had a different meaning back then!) and a little more interesting . . . his boring day may need a lift.

2.  Prepare the children.   Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces, comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes.   They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

3.  Some don'ts.   Don't greet him with problems or complaints.  Don't complain if he's late for dinner.  Count this as minor with what he might have gone through that day.

4.  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.

5.  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.

6.  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.

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

Finally, a photo of a 1950's housewife - Love you , Mum!!!

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