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Old 05-08-2009, 07:21 PM   #1  
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Default the good wife guide....

The Good Wife's Guide
From Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May, 1955.

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 be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal 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 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. Run a dustcloth over the tables.

During 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 comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.

Be happy to see him.

Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

Listen to him. You 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.

Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.

Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him 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 her place.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:27 PM   #2  
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:30 PM   #3  
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sweet niblets!!! just shoot me now, good thing I wasn't born until the 60's.
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:34 AM   #5  
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this one riles me up every time i see it.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:27 AM   #6  
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omfg..i'm clearly a bad wife. i do none of those things, lol. well..i smile when my hubby comes home from work, and I ask about his day. LoL!!
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:58 AM   #7  
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Oh wow, is that a real article? It's beyond belief!
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:10 AM   #8  
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I've seen this before and it always cracks me up. If I did any of that my husband would have me committed!
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:23 AM   #9  
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Wow! Holy Stepford Wives! No wonder so many wives of the '50s were on valium!

I also read something from LHJ from back in the day that recommended women douche with LYSOL so that they are fresh and clean for their husbands.

I'm a conservative republican and that even pisses ME off!!
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:00 AM   #10  
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Douche with LYSOL???? OMG, I would think that would burn so bad!!!!

This was presented to us in a sexual psychology class I took a couple years ago in college. We did a unit on gender roles. Makes me laugh to read this. I was just talking to my husband last night about how being unemployed has made me realize just how glad I am that I didn't grow up as a 50's housewife, because that role could have never been a good fit for me.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:05 AM   #11  
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Well, I guess being a little more gay would definitely make his day a little more interesting... It would definitely make mine more interesting, LOL!

And I love this one:
Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night.
I guess these are the many reasons why I'm not married!

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Old 06-04-2009, 12:05 PM   #12  
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I was thinking the same thing, greeneyed!! ROFLMAO!!!
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:32 PM   #13  
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HaHaHa! From what era is this?? LOL!
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:50 PM   #14  
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I would fail on all of those points. Here's the "Good" Man's Guide for the modern woman:

The Good Manís Guide

* Her life is just as important as yours. I know that after a long day at work/school/the bar all you want to do is come home and complain about your coworker/hungover classmate/drunk, but you have to keep in mind that sheís had a rough day too. Donít gloss over when sheís trying to tell you about the things that are bothering her.

* Cleaning is your job, too. One of the hardest habits to break for many is the idea of traditional gender roles, i.e. a womanís place is barefoot and pregnant cooking dinner whilst running the vacuum. Admittedly, that example is a little (or a lot) extreme, but many men find themselves on the couch watching TV after dinner instead of helping their significant other clean up after dinner or even just doing regular household chores like cleaning the bathroom.

* She doesnít always want sex. Unless youíre a very lucky guy, chances are your lady friend does not want sex as often as you. Her job in life is not to please you, so keep that in mind at night.

* Donít greet her with complaints and problems. The first thing she wants to hear when you walk in the door is not how much you hate your life. Coming home with something positive to talk about, or even just listening for a while until you unwind, is a good way to set the tone for the evening.

* Donít expect her to be responsible for dinner. If your girl is the one who always takes care of dinner, it will likely be a nice relief some nights if she comes home to a ready meal. Try to take care of dinner an equal amount in the week, even if itís nothing fancy. If cooking isnít your strong suit, let her know that youíll be taking care of dinner for the night by grabbing some takeout. Afterwards, clean up the dishes and tell her to relax. Doing this should also set the tone for a peaceful evening.

* Donít question her judgment. Sometimes when a girl is complaining, she just wants to get something off her chest and move on. For the most part, itís better to take her side instead of questioning her reasons for being pissed. Even if you think sheís completely wrong, there are certain times that you have to know when to keep your mouth shut.

* Be honest. If something is bothering you about her, your day, or anything in general, donít let it build up inside. This is a good way to avoid having major fights when there doesnít need to be one. The longer you let something bother you, the more likely you are to let something little trigger a huge fight when there shouldnít have been one in the first place.

* The golden rule. Do unto her, as you would have her do unto you. Simple enough, and always a good rule to keep in mind.

It may seem like the guidelines Iíve pointed out in ďThe Good Manís GuideĒ are simple and easy to follow, but itís just as easy to get out of practice and have a good relationship go bad. One final thought to keep in mind is this:

A good man always knows his place.

SOURCE: Primer Magazine
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:01 PM   #15  
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^^^^ hehe

If I acted this way with my fiance, he would have thought i went crazy! haha i can just imagine his face.
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