Friday, June 12, 2009

The Good Wife's Guide

Back in the day there was a magazine entitled, Housekeeping Monthly. When I say back in the day, I mean baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack in the day. In their May 13th, 1955 issue they had a little list that they ran entitled, "The Good Wife's Guide". When I read it, I was reminded of how drastically the ideas of Home, Wife, Family, and Husband have changed. I'm gonna post at least one of these things per week and I want you guys; especially the women, to tell me what you honestly think.

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

Wooooooooow!!! Am I the only person taken aback by this? It really blows my mind! Is this stuff even applicable in today's times. All I keep thinking is, "Where these better times? Worse times? or just Different times?" I can't answer that. Can you? I'm at a loss. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?


Susan said...

As the mother of 2 BOYS, ages 6 and 4.......bawahahahahahahaha!!! that is some good stuff. I didn't see in the reccomendations listed the words "duct tape" anywhere. With out duct tape, most of those preparations for Daddy's arrival home ain't happening!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm. as the mother of two I can say this would not happen now, but this was written in a very different time. Husbands were the breadwinners- the family thrived due to his success. A wife's job was to make sure her husband was happy and satisfied at home so he would strive to be successful at his job. It was a partnership. Not one with a whole lot of freedom or options but still, it was a partnership.It doesn't sound all that bad compared to what women put up with now: holding a full time job, caring for the children, continuing their education, cooking, cleaning, laundry, paying bills....seems that partnership is no longer there. Women now get to do it all so that leaves little time to have the kids quiet and clean for Dad's arrival.

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