Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for her return. This is a way of letting her know that you have been thinking about her and are concerned about her needs. Most women are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially her favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when she arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. She has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
Be a little gay and a little more interesting for her. Her 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 wife arrives.
Gather up schoolbooks, toys, papers etc., and then run a dust cloth over the tables.
Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare a fire for her to unwind by. Your wife will feel she has reached a haven of rest and order and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for her comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
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 she would like to see them playing the part. Minimise all noise. At the time of her arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
Be happy to see her.
Greet her with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please her.
Listen to her. You may have a dozen important things to tell her, but the moment of her arrival is not the time. Let her talk first — remember, her topics of conversation are more important than yours.
Make the evening hers. Never complain if she comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand her world of strain and pressure and her very real need to be at home and relax.
Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where your wife can renew herself in body and spirit.
Don’t greet her with complaints and problems.
Don’t complain if she’s late home for dinner or even if she stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what she might have gone through that day.
Make her comfortable. Have her lean back in a comfortable chair or have her lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for her.
Arrange her pillow and offer to take off her shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
Don’t ask her questions about her actions or question her judgment or integrity. Remember, she is the mistress of the house and as such will always exercise her will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question her.
A good husband always knows his place.