April 6, 2010


*Note:  Over at one of my new gigs that launches today The RHOK- we are doing MckLinky Monday, where we will ask a question, then you link up with your thoughts about it. So, this Monday it's "Define a Housewife". (Yes, I know it is Wednesday- but we are setting our groove, k? It will be Monday in the future!)

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?

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Baloney said...

Latchkey kid, eh?
You get asked to do all of those things because you are so talented!

Redneck Diva said...

I hate unloading the dishwasher, too - that's why my 11 year old does it! I'm all about delegation.

I'm always amazed at the people who say "Oh I could never stay at home!" But then, I'm the one saying, "I don't know how you get up and put on shoes every day!"

jennykate77 said...

I was a latchkey kid too...chores on Saturday morning. That's how we rolled at our house. Now days, I'm a working mom, but I still squeeze in all the other stuff too...cleaning, laundry, school stuff, church stuff, and any extras. I think the definition of a housewife varies in each family, but we all know that the women do the majority of the work!

Love the new website!

ShaRhonda said...

Aren't you glad we have a dishwasher? Great post and yes, I am so grateful to have the "title" also!

♥ Mrs. Hart ♥


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