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1950s tips to look after your husband

1950s tips to look after your husband

Have you ever wondered what patriarchy really means? Well my friend, today I’ve got a great example for you. You have to look no further than our school system. This is an extract from a 1950 home economics book. This gives the phrase “stand by your man” a whole need meaning.

Tips to look after your husband

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

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.

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.

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.

1950s tips to look after your husband


Minimize All Noise

At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise from the washer, drier, 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.

Some Don’ts

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.

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.

Listen to Him

You may have a lot of things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

Make The Evening His

1950s tips to look after your husband

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 come home and relax.

The Goal

Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

The extract illustrates the traditional patriarchal norms that dominated the 1950s society. Women were expected to cater to their husbands’ needs, prioritizing their comfort and happiness above everything else. The school system, which taught these principles, played a significant role in perpetuating the patriarchal society, emphasizing women’s roles as homemakers and caregivers. The concept of patriarchy, as shown through this example, was not merely about male dominance but also about creating an environment where women were expected to be subservient and nurturing towards their husbands, often at the expense of their own needs and desires.


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Tracy Tegan
Tracy Tegan has spent the last seventeen years as a professional blogger about relationships, dating, and issues pertaining to gender equality at In her spare time, she writes romance novels that are available at Amazon.  You can check out Tracy Tegan's latest romance novel, Crescent Moon at Amazon.

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