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5 Feb
2015
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Redefining the Term Homemaker

I bristle at the idea of being labeled homemaker. Visions of 1950s sitcom mothers pop into my head.  I think of me waiting with a cocktail and newspaper for my bread winner to come home. That’s not my reality.

I was chatting with friends about how I would define myself as far as I what I do, and homemaker was not on the list. I describe myself a little different depending on the situation. I might start with saying I’m a freelance writer with a background in journalism. I may use the term “media specialist” which is what I am for my part-time job with a non-profit organization. I may lead with being the mother of four. I shape it for the person I’m addressing and the situation I’m in. I never add the word “just” to any description. I’m not just a mom. I’m not just a wife. I’m not just a writer. People are far too complicated to be just one thing.

I woke this morning thinking about the word “homemaker” and why I have a negative connotation associated with it. I see it as an out-dated term and somehow belittling of what I am and do with my days. I checked with Merriam-Webster for the definition of homemaker: “a wife who does work (such as sewing, cleaning, or cooking) at home and usually does not have another job outside the home” and “one who manages a household especially as a wife and mother.”

mother baking cookies with four children

I am a homemaker. I technically don’t work outside the home. I work from home. Even those who do work outside the home are still making a home. I manage this household and am good at it. I was over simplifying the word homemaker, but when you read the definition, it’s a complex position.

Not only have I made peace with the term homemaker and may start adding it back into my vocabulary, I enjoy the position. I enjoy taking care of my family. I don’t always enjoy the tasks required to take care of my family (cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping). Sometimes the never-ending cooking and laundry are enough to make me throw an adult-sized tantrum. Even on those days I would rather be on a beach and not sitting in the middle school drop-off line, I know what I’m really meant to do is take care of this family and make a home.


 
DIY: T-shirt Quilt
By     |    Dec 18, 2014
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DIY: T-shirt Quilt

I appreciate a good craft project. I swear I can hear my glue gun and sewing machine calling to me when they’ve been neglected. My husband will often come home to find items painted or rearranged. Our kids enjoy being involved with sports, school and clubs. Over the years, they’ve amassed quite the collection of t-shirts from various organizations. They eventually are relegated to the pajama drawer. I saved outgrown shirts thinking I would find the perfect keepsake project. Two... [Read More]

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DIY: Scout Merit Badges Specimen Art
By     |    Apr 8, 2014
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DIY: Scout Merit Badges Specimen Art

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By     |    Mar 27, 2014
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Family-Friendly April Fools’ Day Pranks

I like to keep my kiddos on their toes. There’s something exciting about finding the unexpected in your daily routine. April Fools’ Day allows me to be creative and wacky with surprises for my family. We stress the importance of not being mean with our tricks and pranks. The goal is not to embarrass or hurt anyone. Everything is done for a pure silliness factor. After six years of pranks, my kids know something will happen on April 1. The... [Read More]

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DIY: Disney Frozen Elsa Dress
By     |    Mar 25, 2014
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DIY: Disney Frozen Elsa Dress

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By     |    Jan 24, 2014
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Distracted vs. Busy

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Fabric Scrap Skirt Tutorial
By     |    Dec 9, 2013
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Fabric Scrap Skirt Tutorial

I had a pile of Christmas-themed fabric I’ve been meaning to use or give away. My daughter loves skirts, so I used supplies I had to make her a Christmas fabric scrap skirt. What you’ll need depends on the size of the recipient. I wanted my daughter’s to fall just below her knees so she could use it in her dress-up clothes bin for a few months. Adjust your measurements accordingly. This is, by no means, an exact science. Materials... [Read More]

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