I have been in gatherings, high school reunions and ladies’ meetings and I am always amazed by how homemakers are perceived. Have you seen frowns on women’s faces when someone says she is a homemaker or stay at home mum? People stare at such women in a manner likely to suggest they are losers.
A good number of us grew up under the care of stay at home Mums and we turned out just fine. Since when did homemaking become a shameful job? I respect women who quit their jobs to be homemakers. Some have spouses who earn tons of money and hence it’s easier financially while others just struggle to get by. To be or not to be a full time homemaker is a personal choice. Whatever choice a woman makes she should not be judged.
To full time homemakers and stay at home mums, I salute you. It’s your decision; be proud of it and you need not defend it. To the working mothers where most of us belong, it’s still possible to be a homemaker without trying to be a super mom. Homemaking is simply defined as the act of overseeing the organizational and day-to-day operations of a home and management of other domestic concerns.
You may not be able to quit your job to be a stay at home mum but that does not mean you can’t be a homemaker. You could:
- Set a part two or three days a week to prepare sumptuous dinner for your family
- De clutter your home once every two months
- Teach your kids how to set a table for a meal over the weekends
- Learn simple crafts such as knitting, mat making or quilting making
- Tender your kitchen garden or flower beds/pots on a Saturday afternoon
So girlfriends, don’t leave all the work to your maids. Get busy and make your house homely. Hard work never killed anyone; why would a bachelor’s house look better that yours?