We live in a progressive world. It’s fairly common for men and women to be equally employed throughout the economy in modern culture. The homemaker, on the other hand, is like spotting bigfoot between the trees in Northern Canada. Though the homemaker did not go extinct, they are not as common as they were in the 1950s.
In the 50s, the percentage of employed women was around 33%. Today, women in the workforce have nearly doubled to around 60%. However, the tradition may come back again, for millenials are starting to become stay-at-home moms.
Laundry to Infinity
Never underestimate the homemaker because homemaker is her name and laundry is her game. Running a household with family members is like a business. Everyone needs to be taken care of, not just emotionally, but with the not so simple pleasure of clean clothes. Clean clothes is on that list of necessary upkeep for the whole family. God forbid the washing machine stops working, causing laundry to pile up to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then a call to the home warranty needs to be handled, which is just that of what a secretary does when printer goes down. It’s work. Work in which the homemaker doesn’t get paid. She gets paid with more laundry and hopefully a thank you.
Always on Standby
One of the benefits of being a homemaker is they are able to provide support when needed. If a child forgets their lunch or someone got sick in bed and dirtied the sheets, she is there to make it better. The homemaker always has to be on call to take care of her family. Having a family is one of life’s true achievements and having a well taken care of family takes a lot of elbow grease.
There is a stigma that homemakers eat chocolates and watch tv all day, but that is not the case. A dedicated homemaker works more than 40 hours a week and she is always on standby, even at the wee hours of the morning.
The sounds of coffee pouring, and dessert plates clanking around is also the sound of the home kitchen. A good homemaker has her kitchen stocked with food. Meal planning is continuous. While eating out is easy, it’s good to stay humble and teach children to eat home cooked meals. The smell of a chicken roasting in the oven has the magical power of bringing a family together. But with all this food love comes lots of messes. There are dishes galore and it happens for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snacking in between. It’s a dirty job, but someone has got to do it.
While the homemaker is the main caretaker, it’s important for her to delegate chores to the children and even husband. Children don’t generally clean as wonderfully as the adults do but they need to learn. The only way they will learn how to properly take care of a home is if they dig in and start practicing. Delegating responsibilities aren’t as easy. Chores need to be thought out, assigned, and followed up because kids are very good and sweeping things under the rug. Husbands also need honey-do lists so the whole household is working to make their home a thriving place.
Knowing someone is home is comforting, knowing someone has the time for you is even more comforting. Life comes with good and bad days. When there’s someone home ready to listen and help, it makes for a stronger family dynamic. While work is proactive, most working parents don’t always have the time to nourish their children. Taking care of a family takes time and the homemaker’s time on the clock is all about the family. When the family is comforted, better things evolve.
CEO of the Home
A home is an establishment, one that carries daily memories, a spectrum of stories and where dreams happen. A home is nothing to take lightly, it’s just as important as the Empire State building, because it’s the place where the people you love the most live. The toilet paper needs to be stocked, dish towels clean, supplies for school and the list goes on and on. All the phone calls and 1-800 numbers to call are endless. The homemaker is the CEO of the home. She is the one who makes sure things are streamlined and working smoothly.
Being a homemaker is sustainable. For one, the homemaker is generally one less car sitting in traffic five days a week. Also, children in the home don’t need to go to daycare which saves on transporting children from one center to the next. Let’s face it, someone has to do the job, whether it’s a maid or the homemaker. Having the homemaker take care of the home cuts down on a ton of costs.
Over the course of the feminist movement and the decline of family values, many women find themselves climbing the ladder in the workforce. It is, on the other hand, important to remember that staying at home and taking care of a family is just as important, if not more, than working in an office trying to make the board members rich. Therefore, do not ever underestimate the homemaker.