From a 1950 Home Economics Book...
Advice to the young bride
Get your work done:
Plan your tasks with an eye to the clock.
Finish or interrupt them an hour before he is
expected. Your anguished cry, "Are you home
already?" is not exactly a warm welcome.
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 prospects
of a good meal are part of the warm welcome
Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be
refreshed whe he arrives. Touch up your
make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be
fresh looking. He has been with a lot of work
weary people. Be a little gay and a little
more interesting. His boring day may need a
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, 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 a lift,
Prepare the children:
Take just 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.
Be happy to see him:
Greet him with a warm smile and act glad to
Minimize all the noise:
At the time of his arrival, eliminate the
noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher or
vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be
Don't greet him with a problem or complaints.
Don't complain if he's late for dinner.
Count this as minor compared to what he might
have gone through that day.
Make him comfortable:
Have him lean back into 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 massage his neck and
shoulders and take off his shoes. Speak in a
soft, soothing, pleasant voice. Allow him to
relax - to 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 does not take you to
dinner or other places of entertainment.
Instead, try to understand his world of
strain and pressure, his need to be home and
Try to make your home a place of peace and
order where your husband can renew himself in
body and spirit.
There will be a pop quiz in 10 minutes!