1950s dating customs
Could it be that your husband feels that he is not understood or appreciated in his own home?
What might there be in your relations to him that could make him feel that way?
If a husband did come home, it was also his wife’s duty to make sure that he didn’t cheat in the future.
This is what a counselor at the American Institute of Family Relations told a woman whose husband had an affair after 27 years of marriage: We have found in our experience, that when a husband leaves his home, he may be seeking refuge from an unpleasant environment.
But the advice of the 1950s overwhelmingly put the responsibility of a relationship’s success on the wife.
The magazine warned certain foods, such as celery, could ‘quite correctly be eaten with the hands’.
For instance, asparagus is one of the few foods which can be eaten with fingers.
The American Association of Marriage Counselors believed that “joint conferences with both partners can be helpful but are difficult and potentially dangerous.”A woman’s career as a wife didn’t just start with her walk down the aisle, Celello points out. Women had to persuade potential partners into marriage since it was understood that women benefited more from matrimony.
On the other hand, more often than is realized the wife is the chief factor in the husband’s success in his career.
Even when alcohol, affairs or abuse was the issue in a failing marriage, wives were still responsible for making the marriage work — and for likely causing their husbands to stray, drink or be violent in the first place.
Skyrocketing rates sent many couples to seek expert advice to bolster their marriages.
were rising by the end of World War II, so were fears over the state of marriage and family life.