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 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 (especially his favorite dish) 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
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.
Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc., and then run a dust cloth
over the tables.
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
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 or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to
Be happy to see him.
Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to
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
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.
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
Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
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.
Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair
or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready
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.