Hilarious Instructions on How to Be a Perfect Wife

Razia Meer
May 09, 2019
09:17 A.M.

An excerpt from a 1950's high school home economics textbook has got people either laughing hysterically or up in arms about the misogyny present in the text.


What do you think about this list entitled, "How To Be A Good Wife?

  • 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 is part of the warm welcome needed.
  • Prepare yourself. Take fifteen minutes to rest so that 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. His boring day may need a life.
  • Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up the 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.
  • Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him; greet him with a 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 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 out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.
  • Your goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

What do you think of these instructions? Remember to share them with your friends and compare how many you follow.

In a twist to the above list, an 84-year-old man melted hearts across the internet when a viral video revealed the extent he goes for his blind wife.

Des Monahan, upon finding our his dear wife was beginning to go blind, took it upon himself to learn the basics of applying simple makeup so he could help his beautiful wife to always look and feel her best.


Taking makeup lessons from a counter in their local Debenhams store, Des has learned how to apply Mona's makeup from lipstick to bronzer to eyeliner.

The couple has been together for 57 years and Des regales his wife with compliments, calling her skin "flawless" and a canvas Michelangelo would envy him for.

And while Mona might not be able to see the final look, the love that Des shows her in this small daily task surely fills her heart up to overflowing.

It's not that Mona didn't get the above memo, it's that their mutual love and understanding mean that they are both each other's strength in times of need. Marriage is a partnership, after all.

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