One of my favorite bloggers, Sunshine Mary, has a post on the matter of lazy housewives. A big thank you to SSM for giving mention to The Working Home Keeper blog. And no, she doesn't fancy me the lazy variety of housewife! Lots of good discussion in the comments as well, so be sure to check it out.
If you're visiting from Sunshine Mary - welcome to my little blog! Make yourself at home and have a look around. Here is a bit of explanation about the blog:
Why a homemaking blog for working moms? Don't they all have maid services and feed their families from drive-thrus?
While there are plenty of blogs and work-life balance sites focused on the "work" aspect of working motherhood, few focus on home. I wanted to create a space to encourage working mothers in their most important job and purpose - caring for their families and homes. The focus should always be homeward regardless of employment status. I'm proud to say the readership of the blog is not just working mothers, but homemakers, stay-at-home moms, work-at-home moms. All who share a love for home and family.
So, why even work outside of the home? Why not be a stay-at-home mom or full-time homemaker?
While I cannot answer for all working moms, I can speak for our situation. In our marriage, my husband has the final say on all major decisions. Having one income or two is one of those major decisions. My husband felt the best way I could support him in my role as helpmeet, was to bring in additional income. At some point, that may change. But for now, I aim towards contentment in my role as a working home keeper.
What about the costs associated with working?
There are costs associated with working outside of the home. However, we try to live frugally and well below our means. We have been fortunate to avoid childcare expenses by having my mother live with us. She has been living with us since our oldest child was four months old. In addition to the child care savings, having a multi-generational home has been a great experience. Our work clothes are thrifted, lunches packed and meals cooked from scratch. We also live debt-free except for our mortgage (which is on track to be paid off completely in less than 10 years).
In short, that is a bit about the blog! Now, I have to get back to the kitchen. It's a cold day and I have a pot of 12 bean soup on the stove and homemade French bread baking in the oven. Till next time!