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Saturday, 11 September 2010


Published in the May 13, 1955 issue of Housekeeping Monthly.

* * 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 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 (especially his favorite dish) 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 gay 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.

* * Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.

* * Over 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 for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

* * Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children 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. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to 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.

* * Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.

* * Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order, and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

* * Don't greet him with complaints or problems.

* * Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

* * Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him 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, 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. You have no right to question him.

* * A good wife always knows her place.
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Enitan said...

lol...i actually quite like this and hope i'll be able to make most of these a habit..i guess asking if there's a male version of this is a moot question, it was 1955 afterall! But a two way system on this won't be a bad idea at all :)

Anonymous said...

I am every bit the modern career woman but a good portion of this list can be achieved. It worked for my parents, it can work in our generation (my parents were both working). Everything can't be perfect but I agree, a woman should know her place. You notice that your man will be a lot more inclined to chip into chores etc (that's if you married a good man).

*Ducking shots from all the "I am woman...hear me roar"folks

Wise Sage said...

Don't ever question my husband? Seriously???????? Then i musta married a literal angel straight outta the bible
Mena don't tell me you believe this...why do i feel you snickering somewhere in the corner?
If you ask me this was developed and probably written by a man.
Good-luck to tall it's disciples, lemme know how it works out.

Nutty J. said...

The man na god abi?

or he has diamond sperm? I just want to know, so I know how to follow this rules

Anonymous said...

Hell no.

Annie (Lady M) x said...

LOL! As much as I think this post was published tongue in cheek, there are a few pointers that could help improve a modern relationship!

Mena UkodoisReady said...

thanks all

@ Enitan: lol, a male version? am on it ma'am!

@anonymous: It is achievable if one is career housewife or works from home :)

@wise sage: looool! merely the p.r.o

@ nutty J: platinum sperm ne!
@anonymous: haba, reconsider

@ Annie: I think it depends on the woman's career path no? I mean a female surgeon most likely wont fit this description..

The nitty-gritty tales of a housewife said...

please are they talking about a computerized female robot abi a bionic female?... anyway,theory is different from practical sha....made a good reading.