Learn to manage a family
—And how to 'keep house on a lean purse
ASHORTHAND typist living in digs and whose total knowledge of cookery and household management can be summed up in not much more than a cup of watery coffee can now learn her housecra ft at a "School for M oi nt h e crfs,.;:vn
e churches and in the German Catholic Press recently an announcement was made that a school for mothers was opening. By the end of the day more than 250 applications had been received from women of all ages anxious to join a course.
in the words of the prospectus, " 'The Mother School' will help you along the right path. It will show you ways and means of running a household; how to cook efficiently; how to build up a borne; how to look after the sick; how to prepare for feast days and celebrations; and, above all. how to cherish and protect the child."
1 he school has been set up by German Catholic associations concerned with the welfare of young people and the family as a unit.
The high cost of living and the difficulties of obtaining accommodation mean that after marriage many young wives, as in England, must share kitchens, and therefore prefer to keep on working.
There it is that the evil can begin. Soon the husband may begin to stay out late. a quarrel occurs and another marriage is in danger.
Only 12 to 15 people can be accepted at one time for, in the words of the class organiser, Frau Christa Wernter, a war widow who has herself five nearly grown-up children, it es not possible to give help on spiritual questions or private advice when teaching a large group.
For this reason numbers are limited. In the baby-care class the maximum number is 10 at a time.
There are eight courses; "A child is expected"; "Good and practical cooking"; "Family needlework"; "Care of the sick and old"; "Parents, do you know your children?"; "We build a home for ourselves"; "Feast days and holydays in the family"; "The Christian personality of the woman in the home."
No course lasts more than three weeks. A class takes up to three hours and women may enrol for mornings, afternoons or evenings. Prices range from 104. to Is. 8d. a class.
Part of the building and running expenses is given by the State and part is collected by Catholic welfare organisations.
A priest will attend each course in turn.
The cookery class is a large airy building with modern but not extravagent ovens, sinks and cooking utensils.
In the dining-room the cooks taste their own wares, and learn to set the table for different occasions, including birthdays and religious feast days.
The baby welfare class is taught by one of the school's six recognised teachers and visited by a Catholic midwife to answer difficulties.
Women who plan to get married can learn the fundamentals of houseplanning and design, and how with a lean purse and small contrivances comfort can still be found in the home.
Of great importance in the Mother School are the lectures devoted to the place of the mother at home, how she can develop her own Christian personality and, by the use of her special skills, help her family along the same path.