If I ask you to name one job which has the following work profile, what would your answer be?
There is no concept of “work timings” and you’ll have to work 24*7*365
- There is no remuneration for whatever work you do
- You will have to be good at money management, human resources, inventory management, housekeeping and much more.
- There will be no vacation. At all.
Any guesses? No, I’m not making up this work profile. In fact, there are millions of people who do this kind of work. Stunned? The answer is: HOMEMAKERS.
I’m not going to use the terrible title we use for homemakers, i.e., housewives. Simply because homemakers aren’t just women, there are men too, who are full-time homemakers, even though a smaller number when compared to women. There are instances where both the husband and wife are earning and supporting their family, while at the same time they jointly contribute towards the managing the household chores and family. That is what gender equality is all about. Managing the household despite having a career too, isn’t an easy task.
Factually, all homemakers are economists, in my view. I have an explanation for it. If you have ever studied economics at any point of time, you must surely be knowing how the word “economics” was derived. From the Greek word “oikonomia” which means “household management.” And that’s what homemakers do! They manage the household 😃
When we go hunting for a job, what do we highlight in our résumé? Obviously about our skills. If you are looking for a job in the financial field, you’ll of course throw light on your skills in Excel, book-keeping, Tally etc. But will you be equally skilful in other fields? Definitely a rarity.
But what about homemakers?
To explain my point, let me, for this purpose, take our mothers as homemakers.
Have you noticed the way in which she manages the monthly budget of the whole family? Also, maintaining the home supplies, from pulses, to vegetables, to toiletries. Everything is supervised by her. That also includes how she manages the house-help. And this isn’t just for a month or an year. It is a lifelong job, unlike the normal jobs, which we can quit any given day.
Plus, a homemaker does not get a single day’s leave. Contrary to office jobs, where we get holidays for festivals, homemakers have to work extra hard on these days.
Despite all this, we still feel that homemaking is a petty job. The prospect of being at home for the whole day excites, but ask an homemaker, and he/she will tell you that they barely get a moment of rest. The mentality has grown stronger over the years. I often hear people react casually when someone says that they are a homemaker. “Oh, housewife? You must be enjoying the whole day at home, right?” Wrong, this mentality is wrong. And don’t even get me into what happens if a man says that he is a homemaker. Horrors of horrors! The “society” of ours will start pointing fingers at the man saying he is not “man enough” to be earning for the household.
Recently, a popular TV show focussed on the very same concept of a man being a homemaker while his wife practiced her profession. I found it to be a great achievement made by the TV industry, which is otherwise filled with stereotypes, by introducing such fresh storylines.
A home can be a house, but it isn’t the other way around. Anyone can have a house. But to make it a home, there must be someone who will keep the family together, and work towards its smooth functioning day and night. And that someone is, no prizes for guessing, a homemaker.
If my post has helped you in understanding the worth of a homemaker at least in a tiny way, please, take a moment to express your gratitude and appreciation to the homemaker in your house. Rest assured, the smile on their faces when you do so will fill your heart with joy and pride.
Until the next time, stay blessed!
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