1950’s Home Economics The following is from an actual 1950s home economicstextbook intended for high school girls, teaching them how toprepare for married life. 1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, tohave a delicious meal – on time. This is a way of lettinghim know that you have been thinking about him and areconcerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when theycome home and the prospects of a good meal are part of thewarm welcome needed. 2. Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will berefreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put aribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just beenwith a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and alittle more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.3. Clear away clutter. Make one last trip through the mainpart of the house just before your husband arrives, gatheringup school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth overthe tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven ofrest and order, and it will give you a lift too. 4. Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash thechildren’s hands and faces if they are small, comb theirhair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They arelittle treasures and he would like to see them playing thepart. 5. Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival,eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, or vacuum. Try toencourage the children to be quiet. Greet him with a warmsmile and be glad to see him. 6. Some DONT’S: Don’t greet him with problems orcomplaints. Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner. Countthis as minor compared with what he might have gone throughthat day. 7. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in acomfortable chair or suggest he lay down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillowand 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 talkfirst. 9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not takeyou out to dinner or to other places of entertainment;instead try to understand his world of strain and pressureand his need to be home and relax. 10. The Goal: try to make your home a place of peace andorder where your husband can relax. ———————————————————>> Now the updated version for the 90s woman: 1. Have dinner ready. Make reservations ahead of time. Ifyour day becomes too hectic, just leave him a voice mailmessage regarding where you’d like to eat and at what time. This lets him know that your day has been crappy and giveshim an opportunity to change your mood. 2. Prepare yourself. A quick stop at the “LANCOME” counteron your way home will do wonders for your outlook and willkeep you from becoming irritated every time he opens hismouth. (Don’t forget to use his credit card!) 3. Clear away the clutter. Call the housekeeper and tellher that any miscellaneous items left on the floor by thechildren can be placed in the Goodwill box in the garage.4. Prepare the children. Send the children to their roomsto watch television or play Nintendo. After all, both ofthem are from his previous marriages. 5. Minimize the noise: If you happen to be home when hearrives, be in the bathroom with the door locked. 6. Some DONT’S: Don’t greet him with problems andcomplaints. Let him speak first, and then your complaintswill get more attention and remain fresh in his mindthroughout dinner. Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner,simply remind him that the leftovers are in the fridge andyou left the dishes for him to do. 7. Make him comfortable: Tell him where he can find ablanket if he’s cold. This will really show you care. 8. Listen to him: But don’t ever let him get the last word.9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not takeyou out to dinner or other places of entertainment; go with afriend or go shopping (use his credit card). 10. The Goal: Try to keep things amicable without remindinghim that he only thinks the world revolves around him. Obviously he’s wrong, it revolves around you.
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