There are many things I admire about the 50s, but few have to do with family relationships with one exception. I do like that the decision for a wife to stay home and take care of her children and home rather than pursue/continue a career on the outside was much more socially acceptable back then. I have a career and no children at this point in my life, but I think that staying home to personally raise your children is a noble choice, though much less respected it seems these days. I wasn't even alive back then, but from TV and movies I've seen, it would seem it was acceptable for men other than husbands to refer to women as "darling," "sugar," "sweetie," etc. I find that kind of talk quite demeaning, as I would pats on the fanny from someone other than my husband. I can't even imagine that kind of thing going on now and I'm glad for it.