After doing some random research recently, I found out that November 3rd is National Housewife Day! Here’s a quote from NationalDayCalendar.com:
“Each year on November 3, millions of people across the country celebrate National Housewife’s Day. This day was created to make the day a special one for the “stay at home” mom, as their job taking care of the children and the home is a 24/7 one, that sometimes does not get the “thank you” that is much deserved.”
Interesting! I thought I would do a little post about it to thank those who are able to stay home and take care of the household.
I never actually thought I’d be a housewife! Even when I was pregnant with Allison, right up until she was born, I was telling myself I’d get right back to work after a couple months. Then after she was born, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I didn’t want to leave her, and I didn’t want to go back to 12-hour days at work (Which was bound to happen because I hate saying “no” to clients).
It’s also much harder than I ever imagined! I know the typical housewife stereotype is laying on the couch eating bon-bons, and while I never actually thought that, I did wonder what stay-at-home moms actually did all day, you know, always being home and all. Now that I have a child, I want to apologize profusely. I had no idea how difficult it actually was to keep a clean house and happy children. Actually, just pick one of the two, because having both will probably never happen! In addition to that, I:
- Have to wake up early every morning to get some “me” time. Long gone are the days when I can sleep in until 7:00! Getting those 2 hours or so every morning really helps me prepare for the day. There’s no leaving for work to get away; my home IS my work now.
- Get no lunch break. Well, maybe naptime sorta counts, but as far as actual lunch goes, it’s not always a break! I still need to cater to Allison’s needs and try to get her to eat something besides milk.
- Have only a little person with limited vocabulary to talk to all day. I love her to death, but I need actual adult conversation!
In addition to being a housewife, moms have lots of different roles throughout the days/years. They include things like chef, chauffeur, nurse, maid, nanny… I saw a cutesy infographic once that said if you combine all these roles together with their salaries, a stay-at-home mom would be worth something like 200,000 a year! While I don’t think we’re THAT extreme, I do think that it would be much more difficult if both John and I worked, because we may indeed have to hire a professional cleaner or something to keep the house in order, or pay someone a lot of money to watch Allison during the day.
I hope this post doesn’t come across as me complaining. While my job is still a job and my gripes are completely legitimate, I’m so incredibly thankful that I have the opportunity to stay home with this darling child! We’ve had to make sacrifices to be able to live on one income; we don’t eat out as much anymore, we cut cable, we cut out impulse purchases… can you believe that before John and I got married, we actually had to put a limit on my spending because I was buying a $60.00 video game somewhere around once a week??? I had the spending money, but we agreed that my money could be better used elsewhere.
I also now have the opportunity to work from home doing what I love: showing people how to lower their grocery bills and still eat well, and encourage those who may be going through financial or parenting struggles! I appreciate each and every one of you that reads my posts, and I hope I can continue to help you!
Thank you to those women who are able to stay home and take care of their household and children! For those that want to stay home but just can’t due to financial struggles, I pray that somehow you can find a way. For those that choose to work outside the home, you are amazing! You provide for your family and can still come home and maintain at least some sort of order. All of you, moms, are awesome! We’re in this together, so let’s do this!