The Benefits of Being a Homemaker

Updated on September 22, 2015
Homemaking is a very special and emotional experience.
Homemaking is a very special and emotional experience. | Source

Definitions:

Homemaker: The person who chooses to stay home full time to manage the household.

Homemaking: The establishment or management of a home (the homemakers duties).

How to Choose who Stays Home

Once a family decides that one person needs to take on the role of homemaker, the next tough step is deciding which member of the family will accept the responsibility.

To aid in choosing who will take on the role of homemaker within the family, here a a few questions to ask:

  • Who makes the most money within the home?
  • Who has the most reliable and/or beneficial job (or career) within the home?
  • Who would be more productive and efficient in completing daily routines and chores within the household?

Becoming a Homemaker

For one to become a homemaker one does not have to be a housewife, or married, and one certainly does not have to be a woman or a member of any certain religion.

To become a homemaker all one needs to possess is love, time, and patience.

It is a Personal Choice

The choice to become a homemaker is a very personal decision. The choice must be made first, by the one who will be expected to stay home, and second, by the family as a whole.

Becoming a homemaker is not a negative lifestyle nor should homemakers be compared to career peoples, it is an alternative lifestyle that a family chooses to allow ease and happiness within the home.

Making the transition from being a financially independent individual to becoming a dependent homemaker, is a very difficult and overwhelming life change.

It takes courage for one to sacrifice personal security for the health, well being, and comfort of other people.

Becoming a homemaker is one of the most selfless acts a person can make.

The decision to become a homemaker is a personal and selfless choice.
The decision to become a homemaker is a personal and selfless choice. | Source

For the Love of the Family

Many people do not understand the choice to stay home full time.

The decision for one to stay home full time, giving up ones own career and financial independence, is because of the fact that having a life, family, money, and a home is very difficult to balance.

The flow of the family dynamic becomes easier when one partner stays home full time to care for the household and/or the children.

Staying home reduces stress, anxiety, and depression within the entire family, ultimately creating a home filled with strength, success, and love.

All for the family.
All for the family. | Source

Beginning the Transition

The transition begins with one person of the family leaving (or quitting) their career (or job), sacrificing one's personal income to stay home full time.

In the very beginning, the house clutter will be overwhelming, life will seem impossible to sort through and organize, stress will begin bubble within, and when the children are screaming, running, and destroying everything, taking refuge in the bathroom will be a necessity.

At first the transition will be difficult, but with time, dedication, and love one can find peace and balance in the new career and lifestyle of being a full time homemaker.

A List of Household Chores

Some of the chores and daily routines a homemaker is responsible for is as follows (but are not limited to):

  • Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Preparing and cooking the daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks).
  • Making sure the house is clean and organized
  • Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping
  • Dusting
  • Talking care of the household pets
  • Paying bills and keeping track of finances
  • Ensuring everyone is awake, dressed, and fed before work and/or school (this includes the homemaker as well)
  • Age appropriate activities for the children of the household
  • Inquiring about the day allowing ones family to open up and talk about the individual days the family has led

The Importand Roles of a Homemaker

The homemaker of the family takes on a heavy burden when deciding to care for a family and a household.

The homemaker is responsible for how the household runs, how it is organized, daily routines and chores and the health and well-being of the family.

It is important that the homemaker discover how to best organize each room in the household in order to achieve efficiency, ease and comfort. If the items that are used on a daily basis are easily accessible it will help reduce the stress, anxiety, and irritability within the home.

The homemaker must also ensure that the home is clean and comfortable.

The homemaker is responsible for preparing and cooking the meals of the day. If the homemaker prepares healthy, balanced, and homemade meals in the kitchen it will greatly improve the health (both physical and mental) of the family.

Homemaking and preparing healthy homemade food go together like love and marriage.

It is also important that the homemaker ensure that the house always has healthy and delicious food options in the pantry and the refrigerator. By taking time and having patience in the grocery store, one can find incredibly healthy options for a small amount of money.

One of the most difficult responsibility the homemaker takes on, is making sure the family stays frugal with the finances. When a family loses a full income, finances grow tighter, which means the family must be aware that some lifestyle habits, such as, eating out at restaurants, must be given up, and the homemaker must make sure happiness is still achieved on a tighter budget.

The household chores, routines, and duties will vary depending on the size of the home, the family income, and the personal lifestyle of individual families.

The homemaker does not necessarily need to be fully responsible in carrying out each duty, but the homemaker is responsible in making sure that each daily chore is completed by the days end.

(ex. if the children have chores, the homemaker is responsible in making sure that the children actually complete those daily chores).

Here I am carrying out the important household chores (I promise I did those dishes after I was finished cooking up some good grub).
Here I am carrying out the important household chores (I promise I did those dishes after I was finished cooking up some good grub). | Source

Discovering Balance

After a few long weeks, maybe months (or even years), one will finally discover the balance of raising a family and taking care of a home full time. One will discover their own stability and happiness and will even be able to help support the emotions of the others in the home as well.

Two years later and I have no regrets.
Two years later and I have no regrets. | Source

It Takes Strength

Many people believe that weakness is associated with the decision of becoming a homemaker. This is entirely untrue, the decision to stay home and raise a household to be strong, independent, nurturing, comfortable, loving, caring, and whole takes a serious amount of time and dedication. The decision to be a homemaker is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of serious strength. It is harder to stay home and face life's daily stresses head on than it is to go to work and forget about them for eight hours.

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Homemaking is a Special Expereince

The experience of staying home full time is a very endearing and special experience.

Being able to observe the family, discover balance, and having the responsibility to care and love for a family is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have in life.

Being a homemaker is a very difficult and time consuming career.

Homemaking takes courage, strength, and dedication.

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        Shaelerece Riley 

        7 months ago

        I am doing a project based on homemakers and have been searching for a site that gives me a better understanding of what a homemaker is. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this site entailed much more than just a definition! Thank you so much for this information! It was very beneficial and I think that homemakers work just as hard as any other occupation.

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        Jami Johnson 

        4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

        Kerri,

        Thank you for the update, I am so glad that you are feeling better and humble in your decision to stay home!

        I hope you have a wonderful day as well :)

        -Jami

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        Kerri Layne 

        4 years ago

        Thank you again so much!! :) It has been a few weeks since I posted this to you... I have to admit, I no longer despise the fact that I stay at home!! I'm actually beginning to enjoy it quite much!! My energy levels have decreased a TON and I'm very thankful now that I don't have to worry about going into work! :) I'm able to get all the things I need done around the house at my own pace, I enjoy just lounging on the couch for hours if I feel like it :) and I know that if I want to get out I have at least three friends willing to venture out to my house to pick me up for the day! (My husband and I share a car, well actually... he drives me around if I need him to, I don't drive anymore because I never need to lol) But yes I am really excited all that angst has left my body :) Hope you have a wonderful day! :) Xoxoxoxo ~Kerri

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        Jami Johnson 

        4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

        I am so glad that I could help you feel better about your transition into becoming a homemaker. I became the homemaker of my family after my daughter was born (I worked throughout my entire pregnancy) so the transition for me was very smooth since I was so busy taking care of a newborn. I am sure that it must be difficult to make the transition while you're anticipating the birth of your child. Everyday gets a little easier. Congratulations on the expansion of your family! Always remember that your choice is the best for your family and once that baby is born you will be flooded with joy and strength! Good luck in all of your future endeavors!

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        KerriLayne 

        4 years ago

        I want to thank you so much for this. I recently became a stay at home wife, and we are expecting our first child together in June 2014... I've been going through a bout of depression, being as that I have worked since I was 15 (I'm 29 now...) I have always been a waitress, so I constantly was around people!! It's become really hard to be by myself all day while my husband works... It was my absolute DREAM to be a stay at home mom, and I have been questioning my feelings of sadness just not understanding why I felt this way and not just extremely grateful... I came across your post today and it put such a warm feeling back in my heart!! It DOES take strength to be a stay at home!! I can't wait to welcome our little one, and I'm so excited he/she will have me at home to be there for him/her after school and weekends, to help with homework, to be able to pick them up from school, etc. Both of my parents worked ALL THE TIME when I was a little girl, and I envied my friends moms who were always around for them... (Hence starting my dream years ago to be a stay at home mom) You really put a light back in my eyes for what I am doing, and I look forward to see if you have future posts to write :) I just signed up for Hub today! Thank you again, and God bless!!! Xoxoxoxo Kerri :)

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        Carolyn Dahl 

        5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

        Being a homemaker is a lot of work, but the reward cannot be measured! I truly wish people would not compare those who choose to stay at home and look after the house and the kids with those who choose to have a career. As a stay at home mom and homemaker, I get judged all the time unfortunately, and usually from women who are not. Being a home make certainly takes courage, strength and dedication, I totally agree!

        Voted up!

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        Eco-Lhee 

        5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

        I am totally qualified for this job! I don't remember a time that I wasn't in this role. Very well written. Voted Up.

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        Debra Allen 

        5 years ago from West By God

        I just had to come back here to see what has gone on since my last comment. I LIKE all the support that has been shown. I am so glad that you got that and that Homemakers are great, busy people to be respected. It's about time!!

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        Jami Johnson 

        5 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

        PDXBuys, yes someone can be a homemaker without children within the household (that's why I refrained from using words like "housewife" in my hub, and I also tried to limit the using of the word children). I think anyone who chooses the role of homemaker gets looked at in a negative light, especially a man without children. In our society men are supposed to work, and it is more expected for a woman to be taken care of financially (even without children).

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        PDXBuys 

        5 years ago from Oregon

        Can someone be a "homemaker" in a two-person household without children? If a man choses that role why is he referred to as "an unemployed bum"?

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        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Congrats on HOTD! You did a great job of explaining the benefits of being a homemaker. I would love to, but I'm single, so I have to bring home the bacon AND fry it up in a pan. LOL! Cook, clean, yard, bills--everything--but at least I don't have kids. I can't keep up, though! It's hard enough to take care of me and my pets; I can't imagine taking care of a whole family! Well done hub!

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        Kalpana Iyer 

        5 years ago from India

        I absolutely feel the same about homekeeping. I don't think it's something to look down upon and it can be as stressful as a full time job if you are alone responsible for handling everything - right from cooking, cleaning to taking care of your family's needs. Unfortunately not many understand this. Loved your hub! Congrats on being selected as the hub of the day. Voted up and Awesome.

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        Annette R. Smith 

        5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

        Hi, Jami. Congratulations on your HOTD! I'm a homemaker, too, after 25 years of employment in a public library. The transition WAS a bit overwhelming at first, going from "a financially independent individual to...a dependent homemaker," as you wrote. But I truly enjoy my new role as a stay-at-home wife and writer.

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        Ines Nathalia 

        5 years ago

        I love your in depth perspective of what many in our society do often overlook, I've had the opportunity to be both and I am not going to lie, having a full time job, it is so much more predictable

        although no job is as rewarding as watching my son grow every day, watching the connections he makes and being close to him as a mother, a comfort and friend. nathaliaines.hubpages.com

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        Laura Izett 

        5 years ago from The Great Northwest

        I'm a homemaker by chance. I had a career and during the recession got laid off. I actually made more than my husband, but we managed for about a year until he got a better job and very dependable. In the last year, after two years of struggling a little, we have bought a home and a new car so we're doing OK.

        I can still be less than gracious at times about being a homemaker cause it wasn't by choice, but I know it makes sense for us and the rewards are far better than those at a job. My oldest is 5 and I started homeschooling so a whole other challenge.

        I still think it is too bad homemakers are not given much respect in society. In my opinion, feminism fought hard for women to be like men and not respected for just being a woman...even if that meant staying at home like the 1950s.

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        Mary 

        5 years ago from Washington

        You made a great decision! I will never regret the time I spent nurturing my children and creating a home for them.

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        suranjith_e 

        5 years ago

        thumbs up

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        Boulism 

        5 years ago from Short Beach, CT

        Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        A very lovely Hub. Great photos, so real..and you have truly written from the heart.

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        JP Carlos 

        5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

        Such a beautiful hub. Being a homemaker is a difficult job. It takes a lot of strength and patience. You just can't resign from this job that easy. :)

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        mours sshields 

        5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

        I was a homemaker for many years and just got back into the work force. I enjoyed it! I'm old-fashioned and don't think anyone should be cut-down for this decision.

        Great pictures!

        Marcia Ours

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 years ago from Houston, Texas

        My brothers and I were so fortunate to have a homemaker mother when we were young. After we were pretty well grown and had flown the coop so to speak, she started working at my dad's office. She did lots of volunteer work in addition to caring for all of us but was always there when we were home and needed her. It was the ideal and more of the norm back when I was growing up in the 1950s...with exceptions, of course. You have taken on the important role of bringing up your child with a more hands on role...and that is probably the most important job of all. Congrats on the HOTD award! Up and useful votes.

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        Comfort Babatola 

        5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

        You did a great job conveying the reasons behind choosing to be a homemaker. I too was one , twice. We had the first two in quick succession and an agreement was reached. I stayed home until both were 4 & 5. Eight years later our last was born and I wanted to give him the same opportunity at the first two. I stayed home until he was 3.

        There a lot of sacrifice that goes into being a homemaker, and lots of love too.

        Thanks for the write. Voted up and beautiful, and congrats on the HOTD award!

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        Cynthia Lyerly 

        5 years ago from Georgia

        My 16-year-old can't wait to be a homemaker. Shocking, isn't it? And no, she isn't home schooled. I'm helping her find a profession that will be flexible and lucrative so that she can spend as much time at home as possible.

        The hard part for us homemakers, is when we do need to make money. The job market doesn't appreciate all we do.

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        Marissa 

        5 years ago from United States

        Beautiful hub! The decision to be a homemaker is definitely a difficult one. I know I struggled with it for many months before I felt confident enough to leave my full-time teaching position which I loved. It came down to figuring out if it was even worth it financially for me to work, which it wasn't since we'd spend more on gas and daycare for two kids than my paycheck afforded us.

        Congrats on the HOTD!

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        Patricia Scott 

        5 years ago from sunny Florida

        Congrats on HOTD.

        My kids used to say

        "My Momma doesn't work..she just stays home all day." And of course we would have a discussion about why she does work and how important what she does is.

        thanks for sharing this.

        Sending Angels to you :) ps

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        Jami Johnson 

        5 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

        Louise Lately, the reason I didn't include it in the poll is because I didn't even think of that being an option, but that is a very good point!

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        Louise Lately 

        5 years ago from London, UK

        Very good hub and Congrats to HOTD!! - could I just ask your reason for not including a couple being homemakers together in the poll? I very much feel that it shouldn't necessarily be a man's or woman's role but both together. In Sweden for example you can split maternity and paternity leave equally so that it can be a role enjoyed by both parties. Just a thought :) thanks again for a good read.

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        cfin 

        5 years ago from The World we live in

        Great hub. I am very proud of my wife and her contribution and sacrifice she makes for our family. Its hard work! She is more important than I, when it comes to our happiness and the happiness of our child. I'm glad to see society giving the respect to homemakers that they deserve.

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        Heather May 

        5 years ago from Ohio

        Great post! I recently transitioned from a management career to a work from home parent. My husband had been the work at home dad for years. I found that being a full time parent is very rewarding BUT I still needed that little piece of myself that lives to be successful. Now, I balance both. I am a management recruiter from my home office and spent tons of time with my family. The transition was a bit difficult for my husband....I made our personal accounts and expenses look like a monthly p&l statement. Because of this, I make less money BUT we have more in savings!!! Being a homemaker can make a dent in the budget!

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        Laura Brown 

        5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

        Very cute photo of you. :)

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        Holly 

        5 years ago from Boise, ID

        I recently became a homemaker after my second son was born. Although I made decent money outside the home, the cost of childcare for a preschooler and infant would have taken nearly half my pay! I'm glad though, because I get to see my little guys grow. It definitely takes some getting used to at first, but I'm loving it now!

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        Jami Johnson 

        5 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

        Thank you all for the wonderful comments, it was very nice to wake up to a "Hub of the day" and a lot of support :)

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        Kathryn 

        5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

        This is a beautiful and interesting article. I don't have any kids, but I can completely understand how it would be a lot of work to be a stay-at-home Mom. I also agree that it is a personal decision within a family. Everyone knows what is best for their own family (usually). What an opportunity it must be to watch your child grow up!

        Congrats on winning HOTD! I like to read them, but your photo also beckoned me to read, because you look so happy and sweet! And your little girl is absolutely adorable.

        Good luck, and thanks for sharing this with us.

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        5 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Homemakers are overworked and underpaid for all their many duties. Yet, they get paid in ways a working parent never could. It's not about the money...it's about children growing up in a loving, safe and nurturing environment. I was always home for my kids and now grandkids. Whether I worked full time or part time...I was there once they got home from school. I was one of the lucky ones. Some parents weren't/aren't able to do that. Awesome hub! Cheers to the homemakers of this world. Congrats on your HOTD. Great photos!

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        Teresa Coppens 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        It was difficult giving up my full time identity as an educator. I chose to stay home full time after my third baby although I was lucky to have ten months each with the first two before returning to work. When my youngest was 18 months I went back to occasional teaching working a few days a week. Thirteen years later I am still occasional teaching as it has given me the flexibility to be home when they return from school, home when they are sick and I am able to book days off for school activities I wanted to attend. I am lucky to have had this option as it has given me the best of both worlds! Great article. It is a tough choice and can be difficult at times. But now that my kids are getting older I look back and realize all of the quality time I was able to spend with them, so many precious memories!

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        Sheila Craan 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you JamiJay! Many people think being a homemaker is easy, but it entails loads of responsibility and hard work!

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        Jane51 

        5 years ago

        Great Hub! Children do benefit a lot from having there own mother at home. Hoemaking is hard but so rewarding. It is sad now that so many mums have to work to pay the bills. If you can do without for the first few years of your childrens lives and then when they go to school you could do some work in the morning but still be there when they come home.

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        DreamerMeg 

        5 years ago from Northern Ireland

        It's great for the children to have someone at home for them, especially if they are ill.

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        Maree Michael Martin 

        5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

        Great hub to the rewards of staying home. My years of working full time out of the home were never as satisfying as all the creative endeavors I get to do or try or be. New mommies need to be there for babies and teens and.....great hub, thanks.

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        Melanie Casey 

        5 years ago from Indiana

        I have been a Stay-at-Home Mom and Homemaker for over 5 years and I absolutely love it! It is a lot of work and it is difficult because you don't get much recognition for it, but being able to see your children grow up and being able to put a home-cooked meal on the table each night is wonderful. I love taking care of my family!

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        Megan Smith 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Being a homemaker is definatly a position I wish everyone would experience at least once in their life. Many people really don't get what it takes. You can be crappy homemake and it's easy as pie to just lay around and watch tv. But, being a real, great homemaker takes a lot of work and focus.

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        Linda C Smith 

        5 years ago from United States

        I loved this hub! Finding meaning as a homemaker makes so much sense when looked at in the way you describe in your hub. When this choice is also the passion of your life, then it is beautiful. Oh and I like your photos too!

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        Jami Johnson 

        5 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

        Yes, I agree btrbell!

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        Randi Benlulu 

        5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Personally, I think everyone would be better off if they just respect everyone else. Often envy (the grass is always greener on the other side) dictates. There are many reasons that people choose to either stay at home or not to stay at home but the critical point here, isn't about who works harder or is a better parent, it is about making the right lifestyle choices for you and your family.

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        Debra Allen 

        5 years ago from West By God

        Sorry for the typo's. I was trying to type and hold my big cat at the same time.

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        Debra Allen 

        5 years ago from West By God

        brbell, I get that all the time and it just sounds like those who have outside jobs think that what we homemakers do i a piece of cake. We don't sit ans watch soaps and eat bon bon's all day. We also volunteer or we write. Writing for some of us is a full time job. Whilst you are at a full time job away from home who is taking care of your house and your kids and your animals and pets. Do you pay someone to do that? Homemakers are the husband's secretary too. All that comes with the territory and the job responsibilities. I have also gotten that because I am a homemaker and do not work outside the home that I am not special. Wow all the flack and jealousy of those who work outside the home.

        What makes those who do have full time jobs so special above those who prefer to be homemakers? What do you think that we do all day with our time?

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        Jami Johnson 

        5 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

        btrbell, yes it is true that the chores are always the same whether or not there are multiple career personnel in the home, but the lifestyle of a homemaker (one who stays home full-time) is very different from a person who has a career full time.

        Like I said above, one who stays home full time should never be compared to one who decides to work full time, because it is a lifestyle and financial preference.

        Thank you so much for your comment (it is a fact that just because you have a full-time job doesn't mean that you are not a homemaker as well).

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        Randi Benlulu 

        5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        This is a really nice hub. It is wonderful that you and your partner were able to work it out so that you could be a full-time homemaker. While I commend your decision, I think it should be noted that most parents who leave the home to work, are still homemakers. The list of household chores is the same, only added to it is: go to work. You have beautiful and lucky little girl!

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        SaffronBlossom 

        5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

        Love your "It Takes Strength" paragraph and totally agree! I am not a homemaker and am not likely to be one (yay student loans!), but I really appreciate how you've broken down what responsibilities, challenges, and rewards a homemaker faces.

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        William H Taylor 

        5 years ago from Binghamton NY

        My father was a single parent, but because of his age, he was a stay at home parent. My dad was 60 at my birth. Looking through this post, this list of responsibilities and qualities of those who would consider themselves homemakers, I can only smile at the greatness of he who came before me. The economics of the situation was secondary to the challenges of raising me where we lived. Heh, that's possibly part of the reason we moved when we could. Thank you for this post that has evoked memories, and gratitude, and so I vote it up.

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        Debra Allen 

        5 years ago from West By God

        I was a stay at home mom for the same purpose WTS said. We added all the finances that it would take for both of us to work and raise the kids. I stayed home because it was more expensive if I worked outside the home. That was about 30 years ago. My kids are grown now and I still am the Homemaker! I now have pets and other animals to take care of. I also write and that takes up a good part of my time.....trying to bring in some money.

        You have to do your homework on the finances though. Is 2 cars really affordable now and all the hassle of keeping them up? The kind of job that I would be doing is not the kind of job that I can really physically do either--Fast Food and the like. The cost of gas to get from one place to another is also a factor. Some times people don't realize that being a homemaker is the best and most economical way.

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        Wesman Todd Shaw 

        5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

        That is really something that is often true. Years ago I hung out very often with a couple my age....heck, their daughter is an adult now...time flies!

        ....anyway, the male (a cousin of mine) worked, and his wife had just got a pretty decent little job....but after a few months of her working...they realized that with the fuel purchased, the lunches purchased, and the child care for their young daughter...they'd save money were the mom to just stay home!

        There are not a lot of jobs out there that will allow for it, but there are some - I have another cousin who is a mother...and she's got a very nice job that allows her to work from home ...and only requires her to come to the office a few days per month...she's a lucky exception though.

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        Jami Johnson 

        5 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

        Thanks for the comment!

        I have been at home with my daughter since she was born (for two years now). When I did just recently go back to work, we realized as a family that it was very difficult to keep the house in order the way we like it without me staying home full time. Also, with two people working we discovered that we had more bills, such as child care, and it was actually more difficult and expensive to have two people working. So I left my job for the second time and remade the decision to become a homemaker.

        I agree with you in believing it is sad for a child to come home to an empty house without the smell of healthy home cooking wafting into their nostrils forcing a smile across their tiny faces.

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        Wesman Todd Shaw 

        5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

        When I was a kid....my dad owned his own business, and worked his tail off. ...economics goes in booms and busts, though, and my Mother never had to work, really, but she started working when I was in high school, and my younger brother near to Jr. High.

        I know reality is tough, but it makes me terribly sad to think of kids who don't have a parent at home in the early afternoons when they get home from school.

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