* Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a
delicious meal ready, on time for his return. 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 prospect of a good meal (especially
his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.* Prepare yourself. Take fifteen minutes to rest so you’ll 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 for him. His boring day
may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
* Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the
house just before your husband arrives.
* Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire
for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and
order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his personal
comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
* Be happy to see him.
* Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please
* Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but
the moment of his arrival is not one of them. Let him talk first – remember, his
topics of conversation are more important than yours.
* Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out
to dinner or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to
understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home
* Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and
tranquility where your husband can renew himself body and spirit.
* Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all
night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that
* Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have
him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
* Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or
integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always
exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question
* A good wife always knows her place.
(these “guidelines” appeared in a magazine called “Housekeeping Monthly” in 1955. I found them here.