The Benefits of Being a Homemaker
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.
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.
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):
- Grocery shopping
- Preparing and cooking the daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks).
- Making sure the house is clean and organized
- Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping
- 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).
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.
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.
Let's Take a Poll!
Whos is the homemaker in your household?
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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.