Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Home Economics For Woman - 1950 and Today

1950 housewife

I LOVE this.....may sound dated...but its a good reminder of what we can be doing with our time when we are home.

Home Economics For Women In The 1950's

July 31st 2007 00:40

From a 1950's high school home economics textbook, teaching girls how to prepare for married life.

1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time.
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.


  1. Dear Jenny,

    Love it! I wish we could know the original source. I am reminded of the "welcome home" section on page 104 of FW.

    Agape always,

  2. I have done it both ways...both ignoring and employing these techniques...and believe me, they work. Not only do that engender a happier home, but they produce a considerate and loving husband.

  3. Just found you through a link-up, and I just adore this post. So many women (sadly) find this to be antiquated and insulting. I admit, I used to be one of them. Now reading through this makes me so proud to be a woman and a wife!! I will also admit that I fail at this miserably (at least I don't do all of them ALL the time), but it's a fine list to look to in order to welcome our husbands home.

  4. Great advice...I have heard (read blogs) where people have mocked this advice....their homes speak for themselves. I try to do some of these things - but I definitely have room for improvement. I've learned to keep #6 - definitely true!! Popping over from A Wise Woman. Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: www.littlerandr.org