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Housewife Article From 1955 Titled 'The Good Wife’s Guide' Is Embarrassing

"The Good Wife's Guide" was originally published May 13th, 1955, in a magazine called, "Housekeeping Monthly." 

As the title of the article suggests, these 18 bullet points is the guideline on how to be a "good wife." From nonstop house chores to pampering your husband and never ever questioning anything he says and does. 

Really?

This article reminds us of another hilarious article from 1958 on how to find a husband.

Thank goodness times have changed because these 18 bullet points sound unbearable. 

Story via Primer Magazine

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    '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.

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    Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.'


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    '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.'

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    '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.'

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    'Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.'

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    'Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc. and then run a dustcloth over the tables.'

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    '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.

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    After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.'


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    '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. Minimize all noise.

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    At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.'


  • 8

    'Be happy to see him.'

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  • 9

    'Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.'

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  • 10

    '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.'

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  • 11

    'Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home later 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.'

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  • 12

    '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.'

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  • 13

    'Don't greet him with complaints and problems.'

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  • 14

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

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  • 15

    '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.'

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  • 16

    'Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.'

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  • 17

    '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.'

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  • 18

    'A good wife always knows her place.'

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    The original article published in 1955:

    Text - Housekeeping Monthly 13 May 1955 Housekeeping Monthly 13 May 1955 Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper ete and then run a dustcloth over the tables. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband wil feel he has reached a háven 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's han
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