After the hardships of World War 2, people were ready to get back to their normal lives in the 1950s. Typically, a man worked a union job and the woman stayed at home to take care of the house.
They went to church on Sundays and played bridge with their friends. Their children were either in school or about to enter school.
It was a simpler time, but people were happy nonetheless! Watch the video for a stroll back in time.
Video Of A Typical 1950s Life
Life In The 1950s For A Man
Life in the 1950s was very different than it is today. For men, life was all about work, providing for their family, and masculinity. Men were expected to be tough, never show weakness, and be the breadwinner of the family. They were also expected to uphold traditional gender roles and not participate in “feminine” activities like cooking or cleaning.
Life In The 1950s For A Woman
In the 1950s, a woman’s place was in the home. She was responsible for taking care of the children and the household chores. She was also expected to be a stay-at-home mom, and not work outside of the home. If she did work outside of the home, she was typically a secretary or a teacher.
Life In The 1950s For Children
In the 1950s, life was different for children than it is today. For one, there were far more restrictions on what children could do. Children were expected to behave politely and to follow the rules, which were often set forth by their parents. In addition, most children attended school until they were around 14 years old, and there was a strong focus on academics. Children also spent a lot of time outside playing, which helped them to stay active and healthy.
Do you remember what it was like to live in the 1950s? Most of you probably don’t! But if you do, share your memories with me in the comments.