Please Don’t Call Me A Housewife!

Please Don’t Call Me A Housewife!

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Housewife and Homemaker…..

These terms are often used interchangeably when referring to someone whose main occupation is overseeing the care and maintenance of their household. The question is do they really have the same meaning?

I submit to you that while technically they refer to the same thing, they actually have different meaning. Let’s examine…

 

House is defined as as a building designed for human habitation.  That’s it, just a dwelling nothing more.  A rather sterile and institutional term.  However, the word home has a much more personal meaning. It is a place where one feels comfortable or identifies with.  It is a place that one claims as their own or is near and dear to their heart.  A home is what a house aspires to be.

We can get a further insight into this by how people express things. They don’t exclaim, “I’m going to my house”,  instead they say “I’m going home”.

Other expressions that further emphasize this are:

  1. Home is where the heart is.
  2. Home Sweet Home
  3. There is no place like home,
  4. I feel at home.
  5. Make yourself at home

I feel the term homemaker would be a better title for my occupation. I am not merely a married women who works at her house, I am one who devotes her time making her house a home.  I strive to making my house a place where my family is comfortable and desires to be. This term truly encompasses the roles and duties of my job.

So by all means please call me a Homemaker, as I feel that it more accurately defines the roles and responsibilities of my position!

15 Comments

  • Nikki Maddox

    May 5, 2017 at 10:50 pm Reply

    I definitely agree with you. Many times I’ve heard the comment, “oh, you’re just a housewife”. I’m not sure what is implied there but I don’t like it. lol
    There is a lot of work that goes into taking care of a home and the people that reside in it.

    • happyhomeacre

      May 6, 2017 at 1:32 am Reply

      So very true! 😊

  • Amy Bihl

    May 6, 2017 at 4:36 am Reply

    Totally agree! I like how you differentiate “house” and “home.” Being a homemaker is a 24/7, 365 days a year, LIFETIME role. And a very valuable role at that. We homemakers, even homemakers with full-time corporate careers, don’t get vacations from our motherly and wifely responsibilities. It is a lifetime commitment. But what a JOY it is to be a homemaker! 🙂 We are entrusted with the nurture and care of our family- how awesome is that? Yes, some days are super hard and very exhausting (emotionally and physically)… but our home is worth it.

    • happyhomeacre

      May 6, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply

      A true joy for sure. I find it very rewarding.

  • Bola

    May 6, 2017 at 11:19 pm Reply

    Very well written indeed. I’m an homemaker not a housewife. May God continue to give us the wisdom to manage our home effectively.

    • happyhomeacre

      May 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm Reply

      Thank you and I while heartily agree with seeking the Lord for help to manage our homes efficiently! 😊

  • Erin

    May 8, 2017 at 11:28 pm Reply

    I love this. It’s totally true. A house is just a place. A home is a feeling, a level of comfort, a family. And that role is so important!!

    • happyhomeacre

      May 8, 2017 at 11:45 pm Reply

      Thank you😊 So important!

  • Cassandra

    May 10, 2017 at 11:31 pm Reply

    I like homemaker because it’s gender neutal.

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  • Janice Ruste

    May 19, 2017 at 2:06 am Reply

    Helloooo fellow homemaker! We so think alike! I have a similar post to this! I hope you don’t mind —-> http://acalminghome.com/homemaking-housekeeping-differences/

    • happyhomeacre

      May 19, 2017 at 2:21 am Reply

      I love your article! Very well written!

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