The good wife (circa 1950).

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  1. The following is an extract from a school-book published in the 1950's,
    giving guidance to the young girls of the day as to how to prepare for
    their future joyous lives of happy marriage, well behaved kids and
    hard working stressed-out-to-shit hubbies.

    (Print it off on A3 Cardboard and nail it to the kitchen wall)

    1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal 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 prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

    2. 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 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 just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables.
    Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.

    4. 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.
    They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

    5. Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
    Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

    6. Things to avoid: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner.
    Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day.

    7. 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.

    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 talk first.

    9. 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.

    10. The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can relax.
  2. Who should, of course, be seen and not heard.
  3. just let her that must be obeyed see this
    answer was unprintable
    i had more friendly looks on the falls rd
  4. Cue Harry Enfield and 'Women, know your limits' sketches. :)
  5. That's more or less straight out of the Stewards Training Manual!
  6. What kind of dishwashers did they have in the 1950s?
  7. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    Not sure how 'be a little gay' fits in.

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