Monday, 10 March 2008

50's Housewifery revisited

Found this updated guide to being a good wife on the funny msn life and style blog...
Was scared by comparisons to my life, and that of other stay at home mummies who need to save a few bob to 1955 housewife so have added own 2008 Homemaker to list..

1955: Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return.
2008: Go to the supermarket together and choose a load of your favourite meals to cook at home. Order take out at least once a week.
2008 Homemaker: Have dinner ready, you'll have done online shopping, so as to avoid shopping together in precious weekend 'leisure' time, or doing it on your own whilst herding your sheep, sorry children.

1955: 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.
2008: Know that you are gorgeous and don't put yourself down, he loves you just the way you are.
2008 Homemaker: Scrub baby sick off your shoulder before leaving the house, and remember to look in the mirror occasionally, not just when husband due home.

1955: Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
2008: Make sure you both take time out to relax together and do things you both love doing.
2008 Homemaker: Throw children at him, with idea of educational game they should play, then dash upstairs to enjoy quiet glass of wine and blogging/magazine reading/making unspecific things.

1955: 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.
2008: His goal: make sure you share the housework chores as otherwise resentment will build. Better still, if you can afford it, get some help around the house.
2008 Homemaker: Sneak lovely air freshners in the house, so it smells lovely, do housework when absolutely necessary, and try and get lots of things made of Laura Ashley or Kath Kidston fabric from ebay. Not sure why, as mostly men not keen. Impresses women friends though.

1955: 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.
2008: Do lots of social things together, entertaining, going out for meals and getting dressed up. If he stays out all night regularly, consider divorce.
2008 Homemaker: Relish a night off proper family dinner, get a DVD and have night in front of Sound of Music, Grease or High School Musical with pizza. If happens too often, do worry, and discuss with friends over coffees and cake before taking action.

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