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The Fifties Housewife .... "The Rules"

By Getgoretro
Some of you may have already seen this ... but it deserves another 'round on the net.  : )  Personally, I'd be in big trouble if this was a "pass" or "fail" job : )
The Good Housewife
The following is excerpted from an actual 1950's high school Home Economics textbook:
ADVANCE: How to be a Good Wife
HAVE DINNER READY:   Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal--on time. This is a way to let him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned with his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and having a good meal ready is part of the warm welcome that is needed.
PREPARE YOURSELF: Take fifteen minutes to rest so that you will be refreshed when he arrives. 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. Greet him with a smile.
CLEAR AWAY THE CLUTTER: Make one last trip though the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up children's books and toys, papers, 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 lift too.
PREPARE THE CHILDREN: If they are small, wash their hands and faces and comb their hair. They are his little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.
MINIMIZE ALL NOISE: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise from the washer, dryer, or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.
SOME "DO NOT'S": Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Don't complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as a minor problem compared to what he might have gone through that day.
MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE: Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest that he lie down in the bedroom. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.
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.
MAKE THE EVENING HIS: Never complain if he doesn't take you to dinner or to other entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his need to unwind and relax.
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The Fashionable Housewife dress ... don't you think? I can totally see June Cleaver wearing this comfy, cool and oh so cute simple dress. An adorable little wrap style dress with a cute tie bow at the waist. Deep V in the back (you can wear the dress with or without a bra and pockets to put your clothespins or spare change in.
A great dress for going to the market, dusting, or going out for a girls lunch date.
Heck, perfectly cute and sexy for when the hubby comes home. All you need are some pearls : )

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