Housewife used to mean that you were doing one of the most important jobs that there is. You were taking care of your family. At some point it became a dirty word that no one likes.
It’s funny how when things are different, and not for the better, we say that the world has changed but when it’s a good thing we say that we changed the world. We only want to take credit for what is going right and no blame for what’s going wrong.
Back when being a housewife was considered a great thing to be and most women were doing it, life seemed to be going on just fine. Children were doing well in school, we knew our neighbors and it was safe to let children out of your sight for more than a second or two.
It seems as though when we quit taking pride in being the caretakers of our families and started letting our careers outside the home define who we were, that’s when things started going bad for the family unit. Maybe it is just a coincidence and bad timing.
There is anything wrong with having a job outside of the home either. But why is it that it seems that women who do work outside the home look down on the women who choose to stay home these days. They act as if those that make that choice to stay home decided to just be lazy and not do anything.
A mother’s job consists of many different things including everything from short order cook to psychologist and everything in between. According to a study done back in 2006 by Salary.com, it would cost you $134,121.00 a year if you had to pay a mom to do what she does. I’m sure that now in 2008, that number would be higher.
Working mom’s do just as many things but just don’t have the same amount of time to spend on them. When we decided we could have and do it all we didn’t take into account that we would have less time to devote to each part. We have stretched ourselves too thin and our families are suffering for it.
Being a mom is a full time job and when we were treating it as such and took pride in the title it seems as though we had more time to enjoy the families that we created. And maybe they liked having us around too.