Dressed for a day of working at home
While the kids are on Summer break, I like to use vacation time when my schedule allows, to spend time at home with them. My recent days at home reminded me of a conversation I had with a co-worker. We were chatting about dream jobs and when she asked me what my dream job would be, I told her being a homemaker. She quickly replied, "That's not a real job!". Granted her view of homemakers are ladies who are retired and spend their afternoons golfing and lunching. But, as a wife, mother of three and keeper of a home of six people and four fluffy kitties, I can tell you firsthand homemaking most definitely is work!
There are three square meals to be made. And, it seems like when I've cleaned up from one meal, it's time for another one to be prepared. Dishes, dishes and more dishes! On weekends and weekdays I'm home, there are usually four (or more!) full dishwasher loads. Floors to be swept and vacuumed daily - or twice daily (I have a thing about clean floors!). Cleaning - the pleasant chores and the not so pleasant ones like toilets and litterboxes - ewww! Reading and doing lessons with the children. Grocery shopping, errand running and even doing the little things that make our home pretty and comfortable. When I'm at home, I'm pretty much on the go from the time I get up, to the time I go to bed at night. It's a full day, moreso than the 7.5 hours spent in the office. But at the end of the day, my soul feels satisfied! It's kind of hard to explain. But, it's the satisfied feeling you get when what you're engaged in is fully aligned with your purpose.
So yes, homemaking is work! Not paid work but invaluable nonetheless. The health of our society ultimately depends on the health of our homes and families. And that takes work!