Well, for starters, since becoming housewife, I am never actually at home. You see, you really just get guilted into doing a whole lot of things for NO pay, instead of getting paid at a real job. Eveyone's like-"Oh, she stays at home, ask her to do it!" Also, I spend 85% of my life in my car driving someone somewhere, driving somewhere to get something, driving somewhere to do something for someone else, driving somewhere to pick someone up. Essentially, the job title should not be housewife. It should be Volunteer & Transportation Chairman, also in charge of Domestic Engineering and Site Maitenance, Education, and Accounting.
I don't really remember knowing any housewives in my younger life at all. Well, one stayed at home, but even then she watched other kids, ran here and there and volunteered elsewhere. Most of my friends mom's worked, just like mine did. We were latch key kids. We had to get up on Saturday and clean the house. Every Saturday, without fail, we cleaned before we did anything else. That's how we handled the house. Even then, the term housewife seemed very June Cleaver. And I grew up in the 80's.
Housewife to me isn't demeaning. I mean, all the other "housewives" know what's involved. And, most of the non-housewives I know are certain they could never make it being one. I think people know the work involved. I think my kids are glad I am home and they have me at their disposal- and that is my favorite part of the job. If they need me or want me to come to something at school, or be the team mom or homeroom mom- I can. I think I do a good job because my kids actually ask me to do these things. That means I'm a successful housewife if you ask me, even if my laundry is never done and I despise emptying the dishwasher.
What do you think housewife means?