1. Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal – ON TIME. This is a way of letting him know you have been thinking about him, and that you are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome he needs.
2. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you will 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 lift.
3. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives gathering up school books, paper, toys, 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.
4. Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces, comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing their part.
5. Minimize the noise. At the time of his arrival eliminate all noise from the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be calm. Be happy to see him and greet him with a warm smile.
6. Some Don’ts: Do not greet him with your 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.
7. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool drink ready for him. Arrange his pillows, and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.
8. 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.
9. Make the evening HIS. Never complain if he doesn’t take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand HIS world of strain and stress and his need to relax.
(Bloggers note: This is an urban legend rumored incorrectly to have been published in a 1950 issue of Good Housekeeping. Just lightening up the mood a little today, folks. Don’t string me up!)