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So how do you feel about the word homemaker?
i am home to take care of my daughter. my husband does the cleaning and i cook but only because i love it.
i do laundry because my clothes smell if i don't
i am ONLY home to raise my children.... the house could fall around me and i wouldn't care.
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)
"All you fascists are bound to lose" — Woody Guthrie
Making a home is purposeful, honest, and valuable work, imo. Something to be proud of!
That said, I am not the best housekeeper, lol. I don't really sweat it, tho. Spending time with my family and getting the rest I need is much more important than a perfectly clean home.
As clarification, I detest the term "housewife", and would NEVER use that term to describe myself. While I do work to make our house a home, I am not married to the house
That said, I have a good friend who doesn't work outside the home and has no kids. When asked, she and her hubby both tell people that she's a "pampered housewife". Her hubby is proud of the fact that his wife can do whatever she wants with her day and never expects the house to be cleaned when he gets home. He loves it when she decides to spend her day at the library or playing with the dogs.
Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013. If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!
like others have posted, I feel that the term homemaker is an old-fashioned one that conjures (sp?) up visions of mom in the kitchen in a pretty blouse, heels and apron. that ain't me.
If asked, which seems very rare, I tell people that I stay home with my kids. other than the necessities of family life in a house, I do very little "homemaking."
about home builders "making" homes!!
I was just talking with dh about this last night. My Kindergartner had a family project where everyone in the family drew a picture of their 'jobs' and pictures of the tools that help them do these jobs. The collection of the all the students' and their family's drawings came home with ds last night for us to look through. There are 9 students and all the moms stay at home. I was the *only* mother that did not put cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc in the drawing of her job. I put my children, toys, laughing, feelings, etc as my job and tools. *None* of the other mothers put drawings of playing with their children as their 'job' (while I don't see playing with dc as I job I have to do ~ I do see raising my children as my primary responsibility, not laundry, cleaning and mopping). I was a little surprised by some women feeling like detergent, Lysol and the washing machine as their current 'calling'.
While I do try to keep things organized and clean ~ I don't think that's what makes our house a home. I feel all of us laughing and playing on the floor is what makes it a home. *That's* how I'm a 'homemaker'.
It reminds me of when I visited El Salvador, my visa gave me the option of being a Nurse a Teacher, or a Housewife. I wrote down "Writer" and the guy scratched it out and put "housewife". I wanted a better title
But I would be a failure if I were a homemaker. My house is a mess. I hate to bake. (I do like to cook though.) And though I love to do neat things around the house to make it more livable and homey, I rarely actually find the time to do any of this or at least to finish what I start because I am so busy with DD. And if I take the time to put a button back on a pair of pants, then I'm doing good.
I don't like the term "housewife" though. Makes me think of June Cleaver et al. And it eminds me of "housefly" ...... though that could be from when I attempted to use FlyLady's website to help me organize my house.
I am with those who don't like to be tied to labels. I find them stifling. I feel like I am so many different things that my title wouldn't fit on a placard.
Nevertheless, my Dh does a tremendous amount of work when he is home and spends a lot of time with our Dd.
No, my primary job is to be DD's mom. It's DH and I together that are the "homemakers."
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
If someone asks, I say I'm a SAHM. Sometimes, when filling out forms, the person looking over the form has changed my answer to homemaker. It seems to be the generic term for someone who stays with the kids. It doesn't really bother me.
Mama to Marcus (1/05) and Arianna (3/10).
Anyway, I have always hated the "what do you do??" question... for some reason it annoys me, like all people really want to know is how you make your money -- because if they wanted to know what I "do"... the list is endless... I bake, I paint, I play guitar, I sing, I write, I draw, I take pictures, ... etc.. and so on...
On forms and stuff I just put SAHM or similar... if I am feeling wild I put "self employed"...