Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Good Wife's Guide

From Housekeeping Monthly, May 13, 1955.
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Note: Some speculate that this article may be a hoax:
Whether or not this article is real, it made me smile.  I think my husband would like me to do this.

  • 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 be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.
  • Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll 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 cheerful and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
  • Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables.
  • During 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 to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  • Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.
  • Be happy to see him.
  • Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
  • Listen to him. 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.
  • Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.
  • Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner or even if he stays out all evening. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.
  • Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him 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, soothing and pleasant voice.
  • Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness.
  • A good wife always knows her place.


  1. I asked you this before, and I'm not sure if you answered. Have you read Fascinating Womanhood? You would lo-o-o-o-ve it.

    1. Sorry, I forgot. No, I haven't read it; I looked for it on the acla library catalog but I couldn't find it. I am going to read it!:)

  2. I have had this article from many years back -- I LOVE IT!!! I have tried to live up to this in my marriage. The only one I don't agree with is "Don't complain if he's late for dinner or EVEN IF HE STAYS OUT ALL EVENING." This just doesn't make any sense to me. It wouldn't be very loving and would be quite irresponsible to the children for their father to just not come home after work! :-) Otherwise, yes, wives should try very hard to follow this.

    I don't believe that it's made up. I think anyone who claims that it might be is just so offended by what it is suggesting -- that we love our husbands and try to be there for them. I don't see this as a list of requirements to fulfill, but merely helpful suggestions to help my husband know he is honored and cherished by his bride!

    I'm glad you posted this, Mrs. Zimmerman!

    Mrs. Jennifer Sikora


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