THE GOOD WIFE'S GUIDE
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 favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
Prepare yourself. Take
15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch
up your makeup, 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
Gather up schoolbooks, toys,
paper etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.
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 for his comfort will
provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
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.
Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise
of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to
Be happy to see him.
Greet him with a warm smile
and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
Listen to him. Your
may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival
is not the time. 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 and relax.
Your goal: Try to make sure
your home is a place of peace, order and tranquillity where your husband
can renew himself in body and spirit.
Don't greet him with complaints
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 day.
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.
Arrange his pillow and offer
to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
Don't ask him questions about
his actions or question his judgment 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 him.
A good wife always knows