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A little 1950's Home Economics

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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.

1950 housewife
1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time.

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 prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

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.

HERE is where i got this

by on Feb. 18, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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by on Feb. 25, 2011 at 2:13 AM

I cook and clean because I love my family.  I could leave it be and let my hubby do it, even Punk, he is old enough.  But I do things they can do themselves because I love them.

Quoting Isabellas_Mom:

I never said love was something that had to be 'earned.' love is something that is given without thought. You show it any way you possibly can. I do most of these things on this list. I dont really see what is wrong with doing these things. But, I'm just saying true love is not cooking & cleaning. & love isn't an action, it's an emotion.

Quoting RutterMama:

I DO clean and cook to show love for my family. Love is an action. It shouldn't be 'earned'. And my husband does see it as love when I have dinner ready for him and clean clothes for him.

Quoting Isabellas_Mom:

Yeah, but you don't cook & clean because you LOVE your husband or children. You do those things because they are things that have to be done. If you were not with your husband, you would still be doing those things. Making an effort to show that you truly love someone should be more of an eye opener. Having a hot meal ready is not how you show someone you love them. Its the extra, JUST BECAUSE things.

by on Feb. 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM
I wish I would have been a woman in the 50's ! I do all those things for my husband ! But, my boys will learn to be self sufficient just in case they end up with someone not willing to lift a finger for there man.
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