Every morning I love to listen to the radio when I get ready and drive to work and they were talking about some 1950’s Good Wife Guide that was published in the Good Housekeeping Magazine and the things they were saying were absolutely absurd. I thought, I have to google it and see it for myself and I shudder to think how far women have come. Let me give you some examples of the guidelines they give on how to be a good wife. Now remember this was published in 1955. And I am rephrasing a bit to make this a shorter article but not changing the content:

• Prepare yourself take 15 to rest so you will look refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair.
• Be a little gay and interesting. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
• Clear away clutter, run dust cloth over tables. Make one trip around house before he arrives.
• When it is cold, prepare a fire for him to unwind by. He will feel has reached a haven of rest and order. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
• Prepare the children. Wash their hands and face, comb their hair and change their clothes. They are treasures and he would like to see them playing their part. Minimize all noise, washer, dryer, vacuum, and
encourage the children to be quiet.
• Be happy to see him, greet him with a 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 are more important than yours.
• Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late, or goes out to dinner or other places without you, instead try to understand his world of strain and pressure.
• Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.
• Don’t complain if he comes home late 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 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 judgement 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 know her place.

Now, how do you like them apples. I about flipped my lid. If there are any older women out there, is this how it really was back then? Were the June Cleavers like Leave it to Beaver really like this. Horrifying! I just had to throw this article out.

Yeah and how do you like if he stays out all night you don’t say anything, what is it? Speak in a low soothing voice? HA HA!!

The Aussies in the land down under are going to hear me screaming as I kick his ass out where he WILL be the master of the house, the dog house in the back yard. Nobody is going to arrange no pillow, he will be lucky if the dog shares his dirty pillow with him and his cold drink, well his cold drink is in the dog dish, chug-a-lug. Believe me I will be happy to see him there and be looking through the back window with a smile, a sincere smile!
A bad man know his place, in the dog house, because it’s the year 2013!!

11 thoughts on “HOW TO BE THE PERFECT WIFE IN 1955!!!

  1. Well my Mom was a wife in the 50’s, according to this book, not a good one. She worked in the aircraft industry, same as my dad. She is the one who came home late. They shared house work & cooking. But, mom ruled the roost!


  2. “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 are more important than yours.”

    WOW. Is all I can say.

    Thank GOD it’s 2013 🙂


  3. Oh my gosh, this is why I got divorced. I did all of these wrong. Hahahahahahahahaha. Can you imagine? I am sure they were great friends back then too. Such an example of everything a partnership is not! I would never fit that mold. I am not married anymore either, so there you go. I would rather be single with my furry friends than in a partnership like that!


    • Yeah June Cleaver I would not. I come from a long line of rebellious Mexican women, I hear stories of my Great-Aunt being drug by her ankles by a horse down the main cobble stone street for defying her husband. That would be me!


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