How To Be A Good Wife - Week 5

>> Thursday, March 18, 2010

Well ladies, this is it.  This is the last installment of the Good Wife's Guide 1955 vs. 2010.  But never fear, there will be surprise posts every once in awhile! 

So, our final week will be all about pleasing our man (as if the whole series wasn't about pleasing him to begin with!)


1955 Rule #5

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

Over 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 for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or 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, soothing and pleasant voice.  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.

Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late, or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you.

Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.  Don’t complain if he comes home late to dinner, or even if he stays out all night. Compare this as minor compared to what he may have gone through that day.

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.

Remember - A good wife always knows her place.


2010 Rule #5

Be happy to see him.  You finally have a second set of hands to help wrangle the kids and dogs.

Give him a quick kiss while passing off the baby and tell him that you forgot to pick up some beer while you were running errands and that there isn't any ice tea, but to give you a minute and you'll hand him the tea bags to make another pitcher.

As ice tea is brewing, remember that there aren't any ice cubes either.  Hand hubby a juice box to tie him over until either the tea is cold or the ice cubes are ready.

Remind him not to sit on the couch because your oldest daughter's paintings are sitting there drying.  Tell him you'll move the laundry off the loveseat in "just a minute" and that the recliner is still wet because you had to use the steam cleaner on the spot where the baby threw up early that morning.  Find your husband crawling on the floor trying to find the TV remotes so that he can turn off Sproutlets and turn on ESPN.

Give him "the look" when he mentions about going to happy hour with the guys after work on Friday.  Threaten to pack his bags and put them in the driveway if he goes to a strip club.

Hand him a list of "honey-do's" while telling him about the garbage disposal not working, the oil light coming on in the Jeep, the dog throwing up, the toilet backing up.
Remind him who is truly master of the house.


For previous week's lessons on how to be a good wife, click on the links below:

How To Be A Good Wife - Week 1

How To Be A Good Wife - Week 2

How To Be A Good Wife - Week 3

How To Be A Good Wife - Week 4


Helene March 18, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

The part about the husband crawling on the floor to find the remotes cracked me up!! I totally loved this series!!!!

Buckeroomama March 19, 2010 at 2:59 AM  

I'd occasionally "play" at the 1955 rules, but boy, do the 2005 rules serve me much better!! :)

JennyMac March 19, 2010 at 5:04 AM  

This post is too funny. I have to go read the series.

Happy FF!

Missy March 19, 2010 at 5:05 AM  

Totally hilarious comparison - I'm following from Friday Follow now!

K∂riиє* Smith. March 19, 2010 at 5:42 AM  

I love your blog!

Following you from Friday Follow !
When you get a chance, please, follow me back ?


Half Brazilian-Half Irish


jackie March 19, 2010 at 6:22 AM  

Thanks for stopping by. You have a great blog. I'm following.

Have a great weekend!!

~City Love... now, forever, always~ March 19, 2010 at 6:45 AM  

Love this post!!!!

It cracks me up how much times have changed!

Hope you and your family are doing well :o)

B Sparkly March 19, 2010 at 7:22 AM  

Happy FF!! I'm now following you:) Come see me later. I love your blog tkx for the laugh:)
Have a great weekend!

Too Many Hats March 19, 2010 at 7:42 AM  

Hahaha - yes, times have changed, thank goodness.

amanda March 19, 2010 at 7:55 AM  

that's great!!

i also love the 'need' post. they're great lists!!

Much More Than Mommy March 19, 2010 at 8:06 AM  

I am thankful to be a wife circa 2002! ;-)

Anonymous March 19, 2010 at 8:43 AM  

I'm a new follower. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

I think this post is hilarious!

Aging Mommy March 19, 2010 at 8:48 AM  

Hi there - your How To Be A Good Wife Series sold me completely on your blog. PLEASE do some more - they are absolutely brilliant. I'm impressed then when he finds the remote your husband is able to switch channels without complaint. My daughter watches sproutlets every evening and insists on only going to bed after the 7pm Dragon Tales story. She knows exactly what is on and when and there is no fooling her! So I'd say in our house it is definitely my 3 year old daughter who is the master and we are the slaves.

Rockin Momma March 19, 2010 at 9:41 AM  

Hello! I'm a new Friday Follower! Nice to meet other bloggers!

Visit me at

Absolutely Positive March 19, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

OM Gosh! That is the funniest thing I have ever seen!! Hilarious!! Love your blog...I will follow and be back often! :-)


Lisa March 19, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

Don't stop this series, it makes my week, I have never laughed so much!!!!

Keeping my fingers crossed for more How To Be A Good Wife - I need all the help I can get!

Amanda: March 19, 2010 at 6:00 PM  

Oh Jen - hilarious as always :) I would love to read this to my husband (if he ever makes it home from work - not that I'm allowed to complain that its 8pm and he still hasn't shown up, as per 1955 rules), LOL!!!

Jenny March 19, 2010 at 7:49 PM  

Love the pic of you and the girls!

Owen's Mom March 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM  

Hi, what a great - FUNNY - post! I was hesitant to do the '6 degrees of blogging' but I guess it did serve its purpose in that I've found a new blog which I'm sure I will follow! :)

You are being featured on my blog today -

Beth March 20, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

Found you through 6 Degrees of Blogging. Going to have to follow so I can find my way back to read the rest of this series! So funny!

Julia March 21, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

so funny! found you through my new blog hop 6 degrees of blogging!


Christina Egner March 21, 2010 at 8:19 AM  

Hey there,
I haven't been by your blog in awhile & I just wanted to stop in and see what's going on.

How have you been?

Christina @ Pooh's Corner

melaniet42 March 21, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

These have been hilarious - thank you!!!

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